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Harry Redknapp bemoans modern players' high wages

Harry Redknapp bemoans modern wages
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Harry Redknapp notes that Tottenham Hotspur is unable to keep up with the Premier League's big spenders.

Harry Redknapp has claimed that Tottenham Hotspur's inability to keep up with the Premier League's big spenders is hindering the club's chances of getting back in the top four.

Redknapp, whose only acquisition of the summer has been Brad Friedel on a free, said that the wage demands of top players are getting out of hand.

"You're looking to be a top-four team and it's difficult. We can't pay the wages that those clubs pay basically," he said.

"I think the wages have gone crazy. That is the problem. It's gone beyond all belief in the last little spell. We're well set up for financial fair play but it doesn't help when you look at what you're up against."

Redknapp also said that he hopes to "bring one or two more players in", which could include Valencia winger Juan Mata, for whom Spurs bid £22m on Friday.

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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City86202131820
2Chelsea86201851320
3Liverpool86201531220
4Arsenal86021910918
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs8602157818
6Bournemouth85121612416
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves843196315
8Manchester UnitedMan Utd84131314-113
9Watford84131112-113
10Leicester CityLeicester84041412212
11Everton83321312112
12Burnley82241012-28
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton8224913-48
14Crystal Palace821559-47
15West Ham UnitedWest Ham8215813-57
16Southampton8125614-85
17Fulham8125921-125
18Huddersfield TownHuddersfield8035417-133
19Newcastle UnitedNewcastle8026613-72
20Cardiff CityCardiff8026417-132

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