Harry Redknapp plans some White Hart Lane additions and bemoans negative tactics.
A number of newspapers report this morning that Spurs are in talks with Palermo central defender Simon Kjaer .
Palermo sports director Walter Sabatini flew into London on Friday for talks with Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp who is keen for cover in central defence as Ledley King and Jonathan Woodgate have struggled with injury all season.
Kjaer has a release clause at the Serie A club worth £11million and if Spurs were to seal the deal, they would beat off competition from the likes of Manchester City and Manchester United who have both been linked with the Danish defender.
Tottenham boss Redknapp will fund a move for Simon Kjaer by offloading Russian striker Roman Pavlyuchenko who is set for a £10million move to Russian giants Zenit St Petersburg.
Simon Kjaer, 20, has established himself as one of the best central defenders in Serie A since signing from FC Midtjylland Herning before the start of 2008/2009.
This season Kjaer has played 17 games, scoring two goals and he has been booked seven times. If he does join Spurs he can be expected to challenge Michael Dawson and Sebastien Bassong for a place in the centre of defence. (IMScouting)
Apparently we are very near to signing this impressive young Danish international and that’s fine by me. The Palermo man has been chased by all and sundry and Harry is clearly looking to bring in some young talent, Victor Moses to follow possibly, in order to plan for the future. Tottenham could do with some more options at the back due to the consistent injury woes affecting Ledley King and Jonathan Woodgate. Redknapp appears to be looking to seal the exit of a few pieces White Hart Lane deadwood and the usual suspects of Roman Pavlyuchenko, David Bentley and to a lesser extent Alan Hutton, are all seemingly heading for a Spurs exit to help fund new additions as Daniel Levy tries to reign in over the top spending.
20 year old Kjaer already has a good solid level of Serie A experience so should be able to cope with the level of performance needed in the Premier League so this could be a very decent signing if or indeed when it is complete.
Some sources are also suggesting that we are closing on a free transfer signing of quite some magnitude this summer, that of Chelsea’s England international Joe Cole! Now could this really happen? I am not sure, but clearly Harry Redknapp and Cole go back some way so that could help us secure such a signing. Cole could work well to give us natural width to balance out Aaron Lennon but this capture could well be a tall order and I fancy that Carlo Ancelotti may well persuade the attacking midfielder to stay at Stamford Bridge.
One grumble that the Spurs boss did have following the game was about the time-wasting tactics of Hull, which led to Nicky Barmby being booked in the first half.
“They played six minutes of stoppage-time at the end of the game, four in the first half. That tells you,” Redknapp said. “The referee needs to book players quicker, that’s the way to deal with it.
“It makes it difficult. They are in a difficult position, scrapping for points and Phil will go home happy but it’s not for me.” (Sky Sports)
I couldn’t agree more. We did enough to see off Hull but clearly they know how to get the most out of games they really have no chance of actually winning. We should have got all three points and we need to start taking these types of games and triumphing if we are to keep up our chase for a top four spot.