White Hart Lane boss wants Emirates Stadium attacker.
HARRY REDKNAPP is desperate to manage Theo Walcott again – for Tottenham or England.
Theo Walcott, who scored two goals against Spurs for Arsenal on Sunday, is out of contract in 2013.
That could force Arsenal to sell England winger Walcott in the summer and Redknapp, who gave him his debut at 16 when manager of Southampton, is among a host of bosses monitoring the situation.
A close friend of Redknapp told the Daily Express: “Harry loves Theo. He would love to manage him again for Spurs or England.”
Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy will offer Redknapp a new contract to keep him and will also sanction a £10 million bid for Walcott, 22, for whom Spurs made an approach last summer.
If Redknapp takes the England job, he will pinpoint Walcott as one of his key players
Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp
If Redknapp takes the England job, he will pinpoint Walcott as one of his key players.
No doubt Harry Redknapp will have been very impressed by how his former Southampton charge performed in the second half of Arsenal’s demolition of Tottenham but would he really think he could lure the Gunners winger to White Hart Lane? A move that would lead to the England international becoming a hate figure by the Emirates Stadium faithful.
The 22 year old Arsenal man is yet to sign a new contract and will have just a year to run on his current deal come the summer but even then an offer of £10m would surely be far too low for the young wide-man. Take into account that Samir Nasri left for Man City in similar circumstances and did so for £25m and the Frenchman is not even a regular at the Etihad Stadium side.
Given that Aaron Lennon has been having an up and down season, being left on the bench for the North London derby and starting just 13 of the club’s 26 Premier League fixtures, perhaps Redknapp sees Walcott as a player who can ply his trade on the right of his midfield as clearly Gareth Bale is settled out on the left.
Walcott has had a pretty average last 18 months and has suffered a loss of confidence that was all to evident in Milan during the club’s Champions League defeat as well as in the first half of Sunday’s encounter with Tottenham. Indeed he had become the victim of some booing from the home crowd but then scored twice with smart finishes in the second period to help Arsenal to thump their local rivals.
Wenger would surely not consider selling Walcott to a rival club but as yet no deal has been signed leaving speculation rife that the youngster could leave. Indeed Robin Van Persie is in a similar position, with the Dutchman left with just over a year to run on his current deal and perhaps a lot will depend on whether the Gunners can secure that all important top four finish.
Arsenal have become all to reliant on Van Persie for goals and Walcott, much like Gervinho and Marouane Chamakh, has failed to weigh in with enough goals.
Theo Walcott has scored five goals in 25 Premier League matches but has been a key provider, especially for Van Persie, laying on a total of 10 assists this term.