TOTTENHAM Hotspur boss Harry Redknapp has admitted he was disappointed to miss out on signing Charlie Adam on transfer deadline day.
Redknapp saw Adam at close quarters on Saturday, when the Scot’s second-half penalty earned Pool a point.
The Spurs manager, who failed to take Adam to White Hart Lane with a last-ditch bid in the January transfer window, said: “Charlie Adam is a good player but the closest I came to signing him was at 10.10pm on deadline day.
“I didn’t lose any sleep over it. I would have liked him to come here because he is a very good player but I have a lot of good footballers here.”
Redknapp wasn’t quite as complimentary about Adam’s tackle on Gareth Bale, which resulted in the Spurs winger being stretchered off.
Bale left White Hart Lane on crutches with a protective boot around his left leg.
Redknapp said: “It was a bad tackle. A few people said it was a nasty challenge. It looks like Gareth has done his ankle ligaments and I don’t see him playing again this season.’’
Adam has spoken out to defend himself, insisting it wasn’t deliberate – Kevin Keegan suggested it was in his role as summariser for ESPN, who screened the game live.
“I just saw the ball. I just tried to get it. It was never intentional,” said Adam, who went to the Tottenham dressing room after the game to check how Bale was.