Saha: Spurs need to buy

Spurs must buy ... Louis Saha offers advice to the Tottenham hierarchy (Getty)

Louis Saha admitted it was vital Tottenham made big-name signings, not sales, this northern summer as the club digested the news Harry Redknapp had been snubbed in his bid to become England manager.

Redknapp looked set to remain Spurs' boss this afternoon, with the Football Association expected to announce Roy Hodgson as Fabio Capello's successor in the next 48 hours.

One of Redknapp's first tasks will be to refocus his energies on getting Tottenham into next season's Champions League, something that may be key to it keeping hold of its best players.

Gareth Bale last week refused to confirm he would stay at Spurs if the club failed to finish in the English Premier League top four, while Luka Modric may also make a renewed attempt to quit the club were that to happen.

Saha, who completed a surprise move to White Hart Lane on transfer deadline day in January, told Press Association Sport it was "very important" Tottenham's squad was stronger, not weaker, next season.

"Especially when you're trying to win the championship," he added at the launch of his self-penned autobiography, 'Thinking Inside the Box', at Canary Wharf Waterstones.

Saha, who won back-to-back Premier League titles at Manchester United, insisted Spurs becoming champion was not a pipe dream, claiming it had more going for it than any side he had played for.

"I fully believe that," he said.

"I've been in some squads now and I haven't seen as much potential - a growing club, changing facilities next season, and I think there are many good players.

"If things stay in the same dynamic, I'm more than positive."

Saha was prevented from commenting on Redknapp's England rejection by Tottenham but he was full of praise for the man who took a chance on him in January.

"It's massive when you have a manager who believes in you and makes you grow very quickly as a player," the 33-year-old said.

"Confidence-wise, it was amazing - that's for sure.

"He's got his eyes on trophies, he wants us to perform and to make sure that the club's winning things.

"So, when you've got that, you can expect things to move in the right direction."

That direction is a return to the Champions League, a competition Saha has not played in since missing the 2008 final in his last season at Old Trafford.

The pain of being forced to sit out United's Moscow triumph through injury is what is fuelling Saha's desire to get back in the big time next season.

"The low (in my career) is that night in the Champions League where I missed the final," said the striker, who is hoping to be offered a new contract when his six-month deal expires this summer.

"I'm a very ambitious person. I don't play to participate only.

"I want to win the biggest competitions if it's possible. So if I can participate and win it in, I'll try my best."

Fourth-placed Tottenham has three games left to secure a Champions League spot, starting with Wednesday's (Thursday AEDT) trip to Bolton.

Saha said: "We need to win, that's for sure.

"We win three games, we are in it. That's simple.

"It's not trying to look at other teams and results.

"If you are focused on your quality and ability to win those games, it should be fine."

Source PRESS ASSOCIATION