Harry Redknapp keen on bringing Bolton youngster to White Hart Lane.
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Tottenham could be set to make surprise approach for Bolton’s Fabrice Muamba.
The former Arsenal trainee has been a consistent performer at the Reebok Stadium since £4m move from Birmingham in 2007. Still only 22, Muamba already has the feel of a Premier League veteran and while he is yet to be called up to the senior England squad he has made an impressive 28 appearances at under 21 level.
A combative midfielder adept at breaking up the play, he is the type of player that Spurs boss Harry Redknapp is searching for as he remains to be convinced of Wilson Palacios in that role. With his ‘home grown’ status and his availability for the knockout stages, Tottenham are giving serious consideration to acquiring Muamba after failing in their enquiries for Felipe Melo and Fernando Gago.
The Londoners will be wary of paying over the odds for player that is unproven at the very top level and they could find it hard to convince Bolton to sell at this stage of the season. However, an enquiry will be made before the transfer window closes which may lay the foundations for a summer move, if nothing else.
Fabrice Muamba has been a consistent Premier League performer after he left Arsenal back in 2007 and the battling midfielder has been a virtual ever present over the past four and a half seasons with first Birmingham City and now Bolton. Arguably the Congo born youngster would have become a more household name with an England cap or two to his name if he had been plying his trade with more fashionable clubs and now Harry Redknapp has earmarked a move to bring the Reebok Stadium man back to North London.
Redknapp has been linked with moves for several central midfielders with the likes of Fernando Gago, Felipe Melo and Lassana Diarra being linked with White Hart Lane moves but perhaps a more realistic move for Muamba would be more beneficial.
Tottenham have seen Wilson Palacios put in a very average level of performance this term, especially when compared with his top notch displays last season, and that has led to the top four chasing side looking to bring in a new addition this month.
Owen Coyle will fight off interest in all his first team starters as he looks to continue to build on the progress that Bolton have achieved over the past year and much like the Trotters refusal to accept offers from Arsenal for Gary Cahill the Wanderers boss will do his best to prevent interest in the £9m rated Muamba from turning the player’s head.