Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp believes two world-class new signings would make his team genuine contenders for the Barclays Premier League title.
The 63-year-old, who took over at White Hart Lane two years ago with Spurs bottom of the table on two points from eight games, last term led his side to a fourth-place finish and a Champions League spot.
And he thinks a couple more high-quality additions would help the north London club take the next step.
Quoted in several newspapers, he said: “I think Tottenham may be one or two big signings away from being a team that could win the championship.
“One or two players in the right positions – and I’m talking about two top, top players in the right positions.
“If we could go and do that I think Tottenham are a team that could win the championship in a couple of years.
“This squad is just so full of talent anyway, players who have made their mark and (chairman) Daniel Levy has done a great job backing my judgment and improving the squad and the club, that I really believe we’re not far away from that level.”
Redknapp’s side will get a chance to see how they compare with Europe’s elite when they take on Champions League holders Inter Milan at the San Siro this evening.
In-form Wales winger Gareth Bale and Holland midfielder Rafael van der Vaart - the latter unavailable tonight through suspension – have taken most of the plaudits this term but Redknapp believes he has quality throughout his squad.
“We’ve got a lot of players here who could play for any club,” he added.
“There are an awful lot of them who could. You’ve seen their performances. That includes the left-back (Benoit Assou-Ekotto) who you don’t hear much about but has everything to be as good a left-back as there is around.
“He’s a fantastic player, Benoit. When he’s on it he’s an unbelievable talent. A night like this is the ideal stage for them, if course it is.”