Goal.com is reporting that Tottenham are “pole-position” in the race to sign Newcastle striker Andy Carroll.
The lanky striker has been attracting praise from across the top flight, and indeed from across the continent, for his fine start to the season, and despite his commitment to his hometown club he is thought to be open to a move should it benefit his career.
His fine form will likely be rewarded with his senior England debut against France on Wednesday, and Spurs boss Harry Redknapp feels he can help the fiery striker escape his personal demons, and also believes that a move to London could help tame the man dubbed the new Alan Shearer. Newcastle have previously expressed interest in Spurs’ Robbie Keane, and it is thought the Ireland captain could be offered as a makeweight to help the deal go through.
Crouch could exit.
However, Spurs are likely to have to offload players before chairman Daniel Levy will sanction a big-money move for a striker.
As well as Keane, Peter Crouch could face the axe after being warned by Redknapp last week that he would need to pull his socks up or face being dropped from the side. Despite scoring five Champions League goals already this term, he only scored his first league goal of the season yesterday – and Redknapp has concerns that the former Portsmouth hitman is not the right type of player to utilise Rafael van der Vaart as effectively as possible.
It is thought that should an offer come in which matches Spurs’ £8m valuation, then Redknapp would not stand in the way of Crouch’s departure – providing he receives reassurances that the funds can be re-invested in the squad, according to Mirror Football. The manager would still prefer to offload Keane or Russian striker Roman Pavlyuchenko, however – but should the right offer come in, Crouch may be on his way out of White Hart Lane.
Redknapp sounded out for England job.
Redknapp, meanwhile, has reportedly been sounded out about succeeding England coach Fabio Capello in 2012 – in a “secret” move by the FA themselves. The 63-year-old is already heavily favoured to take the post after the European Championships in Poland and the Ukraine in 18 months’ time.
Mirror Football is carrying the exclusive on the story, but claims that should Redknapp fail to dispel tax evasion charges when the case is brought to court in two weeks, then he could yet be overlooked once again. Should he successfully clear his name then the job is reportedly his should he want it.