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Harry Redknapp has claimed that Spurs are ‘not close’ to a deal to bring Joe Cole to White Hart Lane yet, but has yet again stated his admiration for the player.

Cole has claimed he wants to play for a manager that “loves him” and Redknapp is doing all he can to fit that bill with his public chase of the player.

Redknapp has gone as far as admitting talks have taken place with Cole and his agent, but claims a deal is still a distance from being struck.

Redknapp said, “I signed Joe as an 11-year-old at West Ham and I think he is an outstanding player, good professional, great attitude, top player.

“I would love to have Joe at Tottenham, but I think there are lots of teams in for him, so we will have to wait and see.

“We are not close to doing anything with Joe.”

Redknapp has also admitted his liking for Atletico Madrid’s Diego Forlan, but feels that he will have to admit defeat in his chase for the Uruguayan.

“He is a player we would like. But I think he might just be out of our range.

“He has had an outstanding World Cup and there wouldn’t be too many players at the World Cup who have done better than Forlan.

“He has scored goals, he has worked hard, he is a top player.”

Redknapp has stated that he is looking to add a couple more players to his squad, but doesn’t feel he needs many due to the quality he already possesses.

“If we can find one or two who we feel will make the difference, we will make signings.

“It is difficult when you have a good squad, as we have, to find people who are better.

“But we are looking and we may come up with one or two before the season starts.”

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