White Hart Lane boss makes hopeful move for England centre back.
HARRY REDKNAPP’S audacious move for England captain Rio Ferdinand did not get past first base.
Discreet soundings were made recently over Ferdinand’s availability, but Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson told Tottenham he is not for sale.
Tottenham’s medical department have even studied the nature of Ferdinand’s injuries and were convinced they could get 100 games out of him over the next two seasons.
That convinced Redknapp that he was the signing Spurs needed, but United are not prepared to sell the defender at this time.
United are committed to paying Ferdinand £18m over the remaining three years of his contract and have made it clear he is not for sale. (News of the World)
Was this move ever likely to work? Sir Alex Ferguson clearly still values the 31 year old crocked defender even though the former West Ham and Leeds man is continually hampered by injury and has not played for the Old Trafford side thus far this season.
It is clear that Redknapp still seems to want to bring in more defensive additions, even though he secured the signing of William Gallas last week. The White Hart Lane boss and Rio go back a long way and Harry must feel that the England international still has a lot to offer, unfortunately for the Tottenham manager, so does Ferguson.
The partnership of Nemanja Vidic and Jonny Evans hasn’t inspired too much confidence thus far, especially after a less than glorious display against Fulham last week and therefore Ferguson will not even entertain the notion of selling the player who has represented the club with distinction since his arrival in the summer of 2002.