Redknapp targets impressive trio
Tottenham target Matthew Upson from West Ham
Tottenham could make a move for West Ham’s England defender Matthew Upson in the January transfer window.
The £8 million-rated former Arsenal defender was the subject of a bid, in August, from Fiorentina, while Arsenal, Manchester City and Liverpool are both monitoring the situation at financially-troubled West Ham.
With Jonathan Woodgate and Ledley King suffering injury problems, Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp sees Upson as the perfect choice to help Spurs continue their battle for a top-four finish.
City, who have lost the services of Joleon Lescott and will see Kolo Toure depart for the African Cup of Nations in January, look set to become Spurs’ biggest rivals for Upson.
West Ham could also lose the service of Scott Parker, who also believed to being monitored by Redknapp.
Spurs, meanwhile, have been linked in France with a move for highly-rated Bordeaux striker Marouane Chamakh.
Chamakh’s contract expires in the summer and he looks set to move in January with Arsenal remaining keen on the forward, particularly as Robin van Persie is out for most of the season.
The reports claim tentative discussions have already taken place between officials connected to the striker and Spurs, but that Everton and Sunderland are also keen. (Daily Telegraph)
Harry Redknapp likes to chop and change things when he is at the helm of any club but you would have thought given the clubs excellent start to the season that the Tottenham boss could take it easy this January but he is reportedly linked with quite a few comings and goings and all three of these players are decent value purchases that could do well at White Hart Lane.
West Ham pair Scott Parker and Matthew Upson have been linked with a move to Spurs quite a bit in the past year or so and given the financial problems at the east London club it appears a deal for the pair could be done for as little as £16m, which in todays market is a bargain considering both players have masses of experience and are arguably in the best form of their careers so far.
There is still a big question mark over the fitness of the likes of Ledley King and Jonathan Woodgate and whilst England international Upson is no spring chicken he is very fit and could well be a good player to solidify things at the back. Parker would resolve an issue that Harry Redknapp has brought up before and that is namely that Tottenham do not have a great many options for the centre of their midfield.
Marouane Chamakh is of course available for nothing come the summer and there is a very long queue hell bent on signing the Bordeaux striker and if Harry loses Roman Pavlyuchenko then he could probably be keen on bringing in another striker and the Moroccan international could suit Tottenham perfectly.