White Hart Lane boss
Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp will attempt to lure Rio Ferdinand to White Hart Lane as he looks to reunite with his former West Ham charge. The Man United defender has been linked with a possible move to the MLS as his first team chances at Old Trafford look to become limited following the resurgence of youngsters such as Phil Jones and Chris Smalling.
Redknapp has stated his admiration for the hugely experienced England international and will now look to persuade the Londoner to return down south. An offer for the 32 year old may be made in January but seems more likely in the summer when Tottenham may or may not have reclaimed a spot in the Premier League top four which would clearly make the possibility of a move to the club far more attractive.
Ferdinand spent six years under Redknapp’s tutelage at Upton Park before he was sold by the Hammer to Leeds United in November 2000. Injury problems have restricted the centre back’s first team appearances in recent seasons and Sir Alex Ferguson may well consider allowing the player to leave if he feels that the time is right for a new challenge.
Tottenham could well do with further central defensive reinforcements given that Jonathan Woodgate was not offered a new contract and left for Stoke City and injury concerns over Ledley King and Michael Dawson and the top level experience that Ferdinand can offer would indeed help to galvanize the club as they look to become genuine contenders for major honours.
Ferdinand’s Man United contract will have a year to run come next summer and with apparent interest from Chicago Fire and elsewhere it seems that the Peckham born battler will have a potentially tough decision to make. Next July will signal a decade at the Premier League champions and the defender may feel that a move away to pastures new a logical step in his hugely successful career.