Harry Redknapp keen on former Arsenal legend.
Inter Milan are said to have given their consent to Harry Redknapp to begin negotiations with the 33-year-old who could join on a free transfer.
According to the Daily Mail, Vieira would be expected to accept a significant pay cut in order to prove his commitment to the club, who are offering a pay-as-you-go contract worth around £35,000-a-week, a deal sources in Italy claim the Frenchman is willing to agree to.
“This is not about money, this is about a chance to play,” the paper quotes a source close to the player as saying. “He has great memories of his time in London at Arsenal but that is in the past.
“The deal is not completed but he has an open mind. He is not afraid of the challenge from Spurs.”
Vieira himself has recently admitted that a change of circumstance could well be on the horizon for him after revealing how he intends to play a role for France in next year’s World Cup.
When asked last week about the speculation linking him with a return to the Premier League, Vieira said: “I have a year left on my contract with Inter. I want to play week-in week-out to prepare well for the World Cup in South Africa.
“I will definitely know about my future very soon.”
Birmingham have already been ruled out of signing Vieira but Tottenham still face competition from Sunderland, Lyon and Paris St Germain. (Daily Telegraph)
Harry Redknapp was linked with a move for the former Arsenal captain a month or two back and it appears that as the season has progressed Patrick Vieira has become more and more stifled at the San Siro and may well be keen on a move back to the Premier League. I am a little surprised that Arsene Wenger hasn’t shown any real interest in his former stalwart but his loss could well be Tottenham’s gain.
Redknapp has consistently spoken about a lack of options in the centre of his midfield and obviously a move for the hugely experienced Frenchman would be of great use but there is surely a chance that he could find himself also playing only cameo roles at White Hart Lane much as he does at Inter Milan but perhaps he feels he has enough talent to force his way into a regular starting spot at the north London side.