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Tottenham Ready to Seal £14m Swap, Redknapp’s Fantastic Problem and Belhadj Targetted!

by WHL Frank

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Things continue to look bright at White Hart Lane and of course the transfer rumour mill is in overdrive as we speak.

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Happier times at White Hart Lane, where Harry Redknapp has told Robbie Keane he bears no ill feelings towards him despite the striker reportedly going behind his back to organise a beano to Dublin last week. The manager, indeed, is planning to take the Irishman on a “golfing trip” to Glasgow … and leave him there as part of a deal that will lure Celtic‘s Artur Boruc down south. (Guardian)

The signs are that Harry is slightly annoyed by the impromptu cheeky Dublin Xmas party but I don’t think that Robbie will pay for such a debacle with a White Hart Lane exit and even though I am a big fan of Artur Boruc I don’t think a move for the Polish keeper should be conducted so that Celtic can nab Keane. Yes we could do with such a top notch keeper but couldn’t we offer the Glasgow outfit someone else instead? Perhaps Bentley or less likely, Alan Hutton!

Tottenham are ready to swoop for Portsmouth full back Nadir Belhadj according to reports today.

Spurs manager Harry Redknapp showed signs of interest in the Algerian in the summer, and following the 27-year-old’s recent upturn in form, is ready to revive his interest.

Redknapp signed Belhadj during his reign as Portsmouth manager, and having already taken Jermain Defoe and Peter Crouch from his former club, would have few qualms about doing it again.

Portsmouth’s dire financial problems mean they will be forced to listen to offers come January – although if Tottenham wish to sign him, they will have to sell first after Redknapp was told there was no budget for January transfers. (Independent)

Oh lord, Harry wants to play collect the full backs again. I think Nadir Belhadj is a pretty good player, great at going forward, good at putting balls into the box, not so good in defensive situations and not a player who will improve on what we already have in his position. However Pompey are so skint we could probably get the Algerian by offering them half a pizza.

Harry Redknapp is confident that Luka Modric and Niko Kranjcar are capable of playing in the same team for Tottenham Hotspur.

The return to fitness of Croatian schemer Modric has handed Redknapp a selection headache due to the impressive form of Kranjcar on the left of midfield.

Kranjcar arrived at White Hart Lane at the end of the summer transfer window and has taken the place of his compatriot Modric, who fractured his fibula against Birmingham in August.

Modric has made just one substitute’s appearance since regaining fitness and faces a battle to force his way back into Redknapp’s starting XI.

However, rather than viewing it as a choice between the two players for the left-hand side role, Redknapp feels the Croatian team-mates can complement each other.

“What a fantastic problem to have as a manager!” (Sky Sports)

What a fantastic problem indeed. Things are almost going too well for us at the minute and having too many in form midfielder’s is an issue I can well live with. Niko has come on leaps and bounds since he arrived and is more than showing his worth in our side however Luke Modric is the real deal and will always be first on the team sheet so it might take some chopping and changing and perhaps reverting to a slightly altered formation to fit in all our attacking options.

The busy Xmas period is almost upon us and coming off a great win against Man City and a hard fought three points at Blackburn, the type of game we would have slumped in last season, we are looking good to keep the pressure on Aston Villa. I would be happy to come away from the Fulham and West Ham games with four points which will bring us nicely into contention come the new year.

WHL Frank

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