White Hart Lane boss chases three veterans.
Harry Redknapp has drawn up a list of summer transfer targets featuring Didier Drogba, David Beckham and Scott Parker.
The Tottenham manager is also interested in Lille’s Eden Hazard – regarded as one of the best young players in the world – as he tries to strengthen his squad and get back in the Champions League after missing out on the top four this term.
Striker Jermain Defoe, however, cast doubt on his future at the club today by admitting he is frustrated at a lack of first-team opportunities.
Although funding will be fairly limited this summer, Spurs expect a busy close season and will begin discussions with Beckham over a move.
The manager also wants another veteran in Drogba, who is expected to leave Chelsea this summer with 12 months remaining on his deal.
Redknapp hopes Drogba’s friendship with former Chelsea team-mate and Spurs defender William Gallas will aid his chances of tempting the striker across London.
Redknapp is willing to listen to offers for unsettled defender Sebastien Bassong and midfielder Wilson Palacios.
SOURCE: Evening Standard
As well as reportedly being open to offers for Bassong, Palacios and Defoe, Redknapp will also look to offload Robbie Keane, David Bentley, Jamie O’Hara and Giovani Dos Santos, all four of whom have spend the second half of the season out on loan.
Tottenham’s pursuit of Chelsea hero Didier Drogba will be a tough one. Even if the Ivory Coast international feels that he has to leave Stamford Bridge because of a lack of first team football that may transpire next term as Ancelotti may well opt to use Fernando Torres more frequently, a move to another Premier League club may be a bit of a stretch.
A move back to France, or even to Real Madrid to reunite with Jose Mourinho, is more likely for the 33 year old who would realise that a move to White Hart Lane would not go down well with the Blues supporters who have idolised him for the past seven years.
Scott Parker is almost certain to leave West Ham and the short move to Tottenham will definitely tempt the England international and this is one deal that looks wholly possible. A move to bring David Beckham to the North London club is also a distinct possibility, but one wonders in what role the LA Galaxy star will be offered?
At 36 it seems very unlikely the former Man United and Real Madrid man would be anything more than a bit part player, however perhaps he is looking for a player-coach role to kick off any managerial ambitions he may have?