HARRY REDKNAPP has urged Antonio Conte not to panic buying Tottenham in his first January transfer window.
Jose Mourinho used his first window in charge to bring Steven Bergwijn to North London in January 2020.
While Redknapp spent around £50m on new recruits in January 2009, having replaced Juande Ramos a few months earlier.
New boss Conte has been linked with a string of players as he continues a push for the top four.
Redknapp recently teamed up with the EFL/SPFL partnership with the Papa John’s Trophy as part of their ‘Sign for Your Club’ campaign.
The brand is giving two fans the chance to get closer to their club than ever before, fulfilling their childhood dream of signing a pro contract.
The former Tottenham gaffer said: “Conte will try to improve the team at Spurs but I don’t think he will dive in and there is no need to panic buying him because he still has a chance to top the four. .
“The title race is wide open this year.
“Conte may try to improve them a bit, enter one or two and push for a Champions League spot, but they have a strong team anyway.
“I don’t think they’ll panic buying in January, they’ll look more long-term in the summer.”
Spurs are reportedly making a bid for Juventus centre-half Matthijs de Ligt.
It is said that North Londoners are also keeping an eye on Philip Coutinho.
But Kylian Mbappe has “always” refused to sign for Tottenham, despite praising Conte.
Redknapp said: “I remember going back to managing Portsmouth in 2006 and being cut at the bottom of the league,
“But I managed to bring in a few players during the January window and they made all the difference.
“I took three boys from Tottenham, Pedro Mendes, Sean Davies and Noe Palmarot, and that was one of Danielle Levy’s special buys that got a free deal.
“When they came in we managed to get ourselves down and scored great runs and stayed up.
“The January window that year saved us. It is a very difficult window but when you are struggling it is a God’s grace.”
As the January transfer window is in full swing, Papa John’s is looking to make his own winter signing with the help of footy legends Redknapp and Allie McCoist.
The pair have teamed up to give fans of participating EFL/SPFL clubs a chance to put pen to paper as two people on real-life pro contracts with a ‘Sign for Your Club’ campaign.
All fans, regardless of age or gender, will have a great chance of earning a contract as well as £15,000 for their EFL or SPFL club.
Redknapp said: “It’s been a tough 18 months. A lot of people are struggling financially, so it’s a big incentive for people to do this for their club.
“Many clubs need that help and I’m sure they can put it to great use.”
All fans need is a chance to live out the dream, tell Harry and Ally why they deserve this once in a lifetime opportunity here,