White Hart Lane boss ready to throw the kitchen sink into Villa Park star bid.
Tottenham are already plotting their next move for Ashley Young after they failed to sign the Aston Villa winger during the summer transfer window.
Harry Redknapp has been chasing the England international for more than a year but Spurs could not agree a deal with Villa following Martin O’Neill’s shock departure last month.
Spurs chairman Daniel Levy had proposed a swap deal involving Ireland captain Robbie Keane, but the clubs could not agree a transfer once Villa had no permanent manager.
Former Liverpool boss Gerard Houllier is set to be appointed as the new Villa manager on Wednesday and he will have to brace himself for a renewed bid from Spurs for his prize asset.
The Londoners did not make a serious push for Young in the final days of the transfer window as they knew Villa would not sell, but they are now lining up a huge January move.
Tottenham are willing to pay up to £22m for Young and hope to use striker Keane and midfielder Jermaine Jenas as part of the deal.
Levy has indicated to Young’s representatives that he would be willing to match his current £65,000-a-week salary on a five-year contract. (TalkSPORT)
Any move for the Aston Villa winger will depend greatly on how the Midlands club is faring come January. If Gerard Houllier, who is likely to be the new boss, has the club there or thereabouts in the top four race then perhaps the England winger will stick around and not push for a move, if not he could well make it clear he wants to leave.
A deal that would see both Jermaine Jenas and Robbie Keane go in the opposite direction may well tempt the Frenchman as it would give his side more strength in depth and he may prefer a player swap deal as opposed to taking cash and then looking for reinforcements.
Also by the next transfer window both Spurs men will know just how little first team football they are getting and will surely be looking for alternative destinations to ply their trade. Both Keane and Jenas are very much squad players and are low down the pecking order and have only one Premier League start between them so far this season.
Would either sides supporters welcome such a deal?