White Hart Lane boss offers quartet in hope of landing Villa Park wide man.
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TOTTENHAM will test Aston Villa’s resolve over Ashley Young with a January move for the England midfielder.
Villa boss Gerard Houllier has insisted he will not let his £15million-rated star leave this winter even though he is out of contract in 18 months.
But Harry Redknapp wants Young to help spearhead Spurs’ battle to retain a Champions League spot so will pull out all the stops in a bid to seal the deal.
The White Hart Lane chief is ready to offer the Frenchman his pick of Tottenham’s misfits like Robbie Keane, David Bentley, Nico Kranjcar and Jamie O’Hara as makeweights.
And Redknapp would even consider loaning Villa ex-Real Madrid defender Jonathan Woodgate, who is finally back in training after 18 months out with a groin injury.
A Spurs source said: “It’s no secret Harry is a big fan of Ashley Young and would like to take him.
“So he’s hoping the likes of Keane and Bentley could tempt Villa into doing business.
“That way Houllier gets a proven goalscorer and a like-for-like replacement, not to mention a few bob to add to his own kitty.” (The Sun)
Gerard Houllier seems resigned to losing winger Ashley Young and whilst some reports suggest that Manchester United are leading the chase it appears that has not deterred Harry Redknapp from making an offer for the England winger.
Given that Aston Villa’s part swap deal for James Milner didn’t exactly pay off, with Stephen Ireland failing to spark his Villa Park career into life, it may be that the French boss opts for the cash offer rather than taking his pick of Tottenham bench warmers.
However perhaps a move for prolific marksman Robbie Keane may work well for the Midlands club and maybe Niko Kranjcar can offer Aston Villa a bit more guile in the midfield? David Bentley or Jamie O’Hara are unlikely to make Houllier salivate.
Watch this space.
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