White Hart Lane boss ready to conduct major clear-out.
Liverpool midfielder Joe Cole’s move to Tottenham could pave the way for Luka Modric to make a £28million switch to Manchester United.
Sir Alex Ferguson’s first-choice playmaker as a replacement for Paul Scholes is Wesley Sneijder
but his Inter Milan wages of £170,000 a week after tax is a serious obstacle.
Modric earns just a fraction of that and Spurs could be tempted to sell and bring in transfer funds after landing a like-for-like replacement in Cole. The player has also indicated that he would like to move to Old Trafford to play Champions League football again.
Spurs want to offload several big earners who will not feature in the first team next season. Alan Hutton, Robbie Keane, David Bentley, Wilson Palacios, Sebastien Bassong and Giovani Dos Santos are all surplus to requirements.
Sunderland were told when they inquired about Peter Crouch that Spurs would only sell if they also took a couple of those players.
SOURCE: Daily Mail
Whilst Harry Redknapp has repeatedly stated he has no intention of selling any of his top performers this source believes, bizarrely, that the White Hart Lane boss will bring in Liverpool flop Joe Cole in order to then be able to offload Luka Modric to Man United, which makes little or no sense.
That said, the sale of the other seven players named by this source is totally believable. Tottenham have a huge squad and a vast number of whom who played out on loan last season can happily be sold to help fund Redknapp’s usual swathe of moves in the transfer market.
Napoli are said to be in talks to sign below par defensive midfielder Wilson Palacios and given that David Bentley and Robbie Keane were out on loan to sides that didn’t beat the drop, Birmingham City and West Ham, they will both have to hope that offers for their services are forthcoming, which given their top level experience should occur.
Giovani dos Santos spend last term at Racing Santander who managed a respectable 12th place finish in La Liga thanks to the consistent performances from the young Mexican, a permanent move back to Spain appears likely. Alan Hutton has been linked with a move to Sunderland, Sebastien Bassong wants first team football and could be on his way back to France and Peter Crouch may be offloaded after a poor season last term.