By George Overhill

21st Jan, 2022 | 4:10pm

Harry Redknapp warns West Ham must make moves in January, could miss out on 4th

Harry Redknapp believes West Ham are short of players in the race for the Champions League spots and has tipped Tottenham to beat them to fourth spot.

The Hammers currently hold the position, a point ahead of Spurs, but have played three more games than their London rivals.

Speaking live on talkSPORT on Friday (January 21st, 09.20) he said: “[West Ham] are a bit stretched at the moment and I would like to see them go and get one or two in the window to strengthen the squad. And if they do that they’ll be in the running for that fourth spot. It’s wide open.

“I do fancy Tottenham for that [fourth] position, I do. But Man United, West Ham, any of them could [get it]. There’s no-one who jumps out and looks a certainty.

“If I had to put my life on it I think I’d probably go with Tottenham.”

Tight race

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Always a fan of the transfer market, it is perhaps no surprise that the former Irons boss thinks the club need to sign players during the window, but he is not the only one who feels that.

David Moyes has reportedly been looking for attacking and defensive reinforcements, with Ben Brereton Diaz and Jesse Lingard considered to be targets (Evening Standard).

But the former loanee will apparently not be allowed back to the London Stadium, with the Hammers now considered a direct rival to Manchester United (Evening Standard), and Newcastle is seen as a more likely destination.

And Kaveh Solkehol was reporting on Sky Sports News on Wednesday night that Moyes was “struggling” to find players despite being backed in the market.

It is a key point in the season, and standards have been above expectations so far, but it may be a struggle to maintain that without reinforcements.

Tottenham are in great form under Antonio Conte in the league, and somehow managed to snatch a win at Leicester despite being 2-1 down in the 95th minute.

The North London side look to be the main threat for a top four spot, although if Chelsea’s form does not improve it is not impossible that they drop out of the qualifying places.

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