Harry Redknapp remains confident of signing Emmanuel Adebayor

Harry Redknapp remains confident of signing Emmanuel AdebayorHarry Redknapp remains confident of signing Emmanuel Adebayor from Manchester City, despite admitting he had received no further news on the deal before Tottenham's comfortable Europa League play-off win at Hearts.

Spurs hope to complete a loan deal for Adebayor, who has fallen out of favour at City. After presiding over a 5-0 win in Edinburgh Redknapp said: "I honestly don't know [about Adebayor]. The chairman deals with that, I have never spoke to the player or Manchester City or anybody there.

"The chairman deals with that sort of thing at boardroom level. If anything's going to happen, he'll ring and tell me. I think it has been progressing along. It seems like it probably will happen but I am not 100% sure."

Redknapp added that the bulk of the team that eased to victory against Hearts is likely to feature when Spurs play their first Premier League game, against Manchester United, on Monday night.

"Luka Modric could be OK, other than that, no [others]," Redknapp said. "I had five midfield players unavailable tonight. I don't have too many other players. I had everybody who is fit here tonight. There is nobody else back home."

On confidence gained from the Hearts result, Redknapp said: "It's one game and you can't get carried away. It'll be different on Monday night at Old Trafford, that's for sure."

The Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe, among the scorers at Tynecastle, immediately set his sights on claiming a top-four finish in this campaign. "It's a big season for everyone," Defoe said. "We're looking at getting into that top four and tonight was the first game of the season. It was important to be professional and we've done that.

"We knew it would be a difficult game and the atmosphere was fantastic but it was important for us to set a tempo. In the first half our movement was fantastic. We did what we did all week in training and got the goals."

Paulo Sérgio, the Hearts manager, was left to rue a dismal start from his team. "They were too relaxed in the first half," he said. "They didn't play. They just watched Tottenham players play. We improved in the second half, were more aggressive on the ball. In the first half we played like we had bought tickets to watch the match."

Powered by Guardian.co.ukThis article was written by Ewan Murray at Tynecastle, for guardian.co.uk on Friday 19th August 2011 00.07 Europe/London

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