Tottenham Set for Audacious £25m Swap Deal

Redknapp offers White Hart Lane flop as part of England International bid

Ashley Young Aston Villa 2008/09

The Rumour

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp is preparing a £25million swap deal, involving David Bentley, to take Aston Villa winger Ashley Young to White Hart Lane.
Redknapp, who wants to oversee a big turnaround in personnel at the club this summer, will offer his £15m-rated winger in part-exchange for Young, whose manager Martin O’Neill is ready to move for Middlesbrough’s England international Stewart Downing.

Redknapp is also a huge fan of Downing, who he tried to sign in January, but the attraction of the deal with Villa is getting Bentley off the White Hart Lane payroll.

The Source: (Mail on Sunday)

The Analysis

Reports of a Tottenham raid on Villa Park have been going on for a few weeks now and it appears that the speculation has once again whirled into action but is there any reality to this fiction? Well there could well be. Reports have claimed that Ashley Young has been seen around the north London club’s training ground but would Martin O’Neill really even consider selling the England international?

Young may feel that Aston Villa had its big chance last term to break into the big four and choked and then he has seen Gareth Barry move on and may feel that his career would be best served by a move elsewhere, but would a move to White Hart Lane represent an improvement in his fortune, that’s a tough one.

However I can see why Harry Redknapp is fighting tooth and nail for the 24 year old, Young is the kind of player that has you on the edge of your seat. An old fashioned winger with bags of pace and the tricks to get through opposition defences.

The Likelihood

Ashley Young to Spurs: By offering David Bentley as part of any deal Redknapp has a chance of sealing the deal but O’Neill won’t give up without a fight.

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