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Tottenham Turn Down Arsenal Move for Jonathan Woodgate

White Hart Lane boss moves to quash Emirates advances.

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Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has confirmed that there is no chance of Jonathan Woodgate joining rivals Arsenal this month.

Gunners chief Arsene Wenger is known to be looking at potential central defensive recruits and, as skysports.com revealed last week, he considered a move for Woodgate.
Woodgate has recently returned to full training – following a horrific spell on the sidelines through injury which has limited him to just three league games since the start of last season.

Asked about a potential deal with Arsenal,Redknapp confirmed: “No, not a chance. We wouldn’t let him go there.”

“We want to keep him,” said Redknapp – admitting that Spurs would look at giving Woodgate a new deal, with his current contract due to expire in the summer, if he could prove his fitness.

“He’s out of contract in the summer so if we let him out on loan, then we’re not giving him away unless he signs a new deal before he goes.

“And you couldn’t do that right now in case he breaks down. He needs to stay here and see how it goes and if he’s okay, we can sit down at the end of the season and give him a deal for next year.

“But it would have to be heavily loaded as a pay-as-you-play deal.”

SOURCE: Sky Sports

You can’t blame Harry Redknapp for turning down advances for a player the White Hart Lane club has stood by for a seemingly endless period of time in the treatment room. Jonathan Woodgate appears to have some very bad injury problems that may never resolve themselves and if Tottenham offloaded the former Real Madrid centre back to the Emirates Stadium it would be pretty dumb move on several levels.

Apart from anything else they would be helping out a team who are rivals and doing so at a cost to themselves given that Tottenham also appear to have defensive problems of their own. A week barely passes without some of Harry’s centre back legion crying off with one knock or another.

It will be interesting to see what happens with Woodgate in the summer because it seems likely that Spurs may just elect to cut their losses when the season ends unless the 30 year old actually manages to play 90 minutes of first team football before the season is out.


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