The Daily Mirror is today reporting that Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has been sounded out about taking over as England boss when Fabio Capello steps down after next year’s European Championships.
The paper also reveals that Spurs-bound David Beckham is being lined up as Redknapp’s No.2 in the Three Lions camp, with the long-term aim of the LA Galaxy midfielder taking the reins as England boss upon Redknapp’s departure.
A source close to the reports said: “This is not pie in the sky. This is absolutely real. David’s record as a player and the respect with which fans and players regard him is self-evident.
“And Harry has a proven track record as a manger who gets the very best out of players, even mediocre ones. It is seen as a long-term union that will ultimately see David step into Harry’s shoes. It’s very exciting.”
Redknapp has made no secret of his desire to manage the national team in the past, and was already widely considered the favourite before this new development. However, the FA have strenuously denied any formal discussions have taken place.
Spurs Adebayor link returns.
Spurs and Liverpool look set to do battle for the loan signing of Manchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayor, and Spanish club Malaga have also stepped up their interest according to Goal.com.
The arrival of Mario Balotelli has pushed the Togolese striker down the pecking order at the City of Manchester Stadium, forcing the former Arsenal forward into only two sporadic appearances for the club so far this campaign.
With Edin Dzeko also looking set to move to the club, Adebayor wants a move away, but unfortunately for Spurs City would not choose to send the player on loan to a club in a rival position towards the top of the table.
This makes Liverpool the player’s most likely destination, as they struggle to revitalise their ailing campaign. One stumbling block for either club would be his wages, which City would want any interested club to pay in full – estimated to be worth around £160,000 per week.
Pardew: No Carroll sale.
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has poured cold water on Spurs’ interest in the Magpies’ star forward Andy Carroll, insisting that the England striker is “100% not moving anywhere in this transfer window” according to Goal.com.
Spurs have been known admirers of the tall striker’s talents, and sought to test the Toon’s resolve to keep their star with an offer of £22m or three players as reported yesterday.
But speaking after the club’s 5-0 demolition of West Ham, Pardew told reporters: “We’ve given the answer to anyone whose contacted us that he’s not for sale. It’s as simple as that.
“I can’t say to you strong enough, Andy Carroll will not leave this football club in this window. 100 per cent.”