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Redknapp likely to 'wheel and deal' in January

Redknapp likely to 'wheel and deal' in January

Tottenham's years of hefty expenditure on players and recent outlay on overhauling its coaching structure means fans could soon be getting a glimpse of manager Harry Redknapp's famous ability to find deals in the transfer market.
Redknapp, who replaced Juande Ramos at Spurs late Saturday night, has long been known for identifying relatively unknown players and signing them for bargain transfer fees.
He has also proved himself adept at reviving aging players and revitalizing underperforming stars, which could prove key at a team that has been bottom of the Premier League all season.
And with the global economic crisis likely to lead to reduced activity in the January transfer window, Tottenham, which has spent about 140 million pounds ($220 million; 176 million euros) in the past three years, is one of several teams contemplating a different approach.
"There's not going to be an awful lot of money around because of the recession that's hit the country," Redknapp said. "We'll have to find one or two bargains like everybody else. "There's one or two positions where we could do with a bit more depth.
So-called "wheeling and dealing" was a feature of Redknapp's tenure at Portsmouth and West Ham, with spells of large-scale buying and selling.
One of the most notable was in January 2006 when he took Pedro Mendes, Sean Davis and Noe Pamarot from Spurs to help keep a seemingly relegation-bound Pompey team stay in the Premier League.
The trio played a key role in leading Portsmouth to 17th place, and the club has since gone on to become an established topflight side, even winning last season's FA Cup for its first title in 58 years.
Redknapp said Tuesday that he could be interested in signing some of the players he took to Portsmouth before switching clubs at the weekend.
Those players could include midfielder Lassana Diarra, striker Peter Crouch and England forward Jermain Defoe, who left Tottenham for Portsmouth nine months ago and had his name chanted by Spurs fans in Redknapp's first game in charge.
"If Portsmouth want to sell some of their players, there's an open market," Redknapp said in an interview with BBC Radio 5. "They've got some fantastic players there. Absolutely top, top players, they really have."
Spurs are still bottom of the Premier League despite Sunday's 2-0 win over Bolton, a predicament largely due to a failure to score goals and a lack of tenacity in midfield.
Defoe left Tottenham because he was an irregular pick behind Dimitar Berbatov and Robbie Keane, but his rivals have since left the club and Defoe has hit 14 goals in 21 Premier League matches for Portsmouth.
Defoe is one of six former Tottenham players at Portsmouth, including Crouch, Sol Campbell and Davis.
Redknapp, though, said he would not use his relationship with the players as leverage or approach contracted players without permission.
"I wouldn't go back and start doing that," Redknapp said.
Only players who were up for sale by a club would be considered when the next transfer window opens on Jan. 1, he added.


Updated : 2021-01-28 17:33 GMT+08:00