Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has said that he regrets his decision to turn down the chance to sign Holland midfielder Mark van Bommel last month.
Van Bommel, 33, attracted interest from Liverpool as well but opted instead to join AC Milan after being allowed to leave Bayern on a free transfer. Now Redknapp claims he could have been a valuable addition.
''I could have took Van Bommel, it was probably a mistake - perhaps I should have taken him,'' Redknapp said. ''It was a difficult one and I dragged my heels with it. I took my time over it, too long and we didn't do it in the end.
''He would have been a good player for us. Tom [Huddlestone] has had a setback and Van Bommel was on a free, he has signed a five-month contract at AC Milan. He gives you experience, he's been there, played Champions League final, World Cup final. He is a proper player for sure but that's how it goes. We could go back for him.''
Redknapp admits he was surprised at the fees that changed hands last month, but insists that Tottenham can keep up with their big-spending competitors in the market.
''I had a look at [Edin] Dzeko last year and they were talking £50 million and that was too dear, then suddenly he looks cheap at £27 million,'' Redknapp said. ''Ronaldo doesn't look dear at £70 million when you look now. How much is [Lionel] Messi worth I wonder? He's got to be worth £1 billion.
''I think we can compete though. We have good players here - Gareth Bale is a £50 million player. If you can find them they are out there.''