Harry Redknapp prepares for the worst, just in case Gareth Bale forces a White Hart Lane exit.
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HARRY REDKNAPP has included Sunderland midfielder Kieran Richardson among a number of potential targets for Tottenham this summer.
Redknapp has always been an admirer of the energetic former Manchester United man, who has the ability and temperament to play down the left side or through the middle.
It is as an attacking midfielder that he has scored four goals in his last three outings for Sunderland, which has coincided with Spurs’ renewed interest a player they courted 20 months ago.
With the future of Gareth Bale far from certain at White Hart Lane, Redknapp has to consider a number of candidates to come in should the Welshman leave.
Inter Milan are thought to be readying a £40m close-season offer for Bale and, although Tottenham would prefer to keep him, last month’s hectic transfer window highlighted that every player has his price.
Tottenham’s main summer target is likely to be Blackpool’s Charlie Adam.
Aston Villa’s Stewart Downing and Manchester City’s Adam Johnson could also be in the former Portsmouth boss’ mind, Richardson’s versatility could prove crucial.
SOURCE: Northern Echo
This source may be getting a little ahead of themselves as the last time we checked Gareth Bale was very much committed to the Tottenham cause. However this is an interesting list of candidates to take the Welsh international’s place if indeed a move to Inter Milan does take place.
At first glance of the quartet the player who would most attract Harry Redknapp would surely be England international Adam Johnson. The Manchester City winger has looked effective when selected by Roberto Mancini but the former Middlesbrough man is seemingly far from being a first choice starter at Eastlands, having managing just eight of the club’s 26 Premier League matches.
Tottenham did attempt to nab Charlie Adam last month but it seems likely the Scottish international on his way to Liverpool at the end of the season, also the Blackpool man hardly looks like a replacement for Bale as he is a more centrally positioned midfielder than an out and out wideman.
Stewart Downing was another player supposedly on Redknapp’s January wish-list but it seems highly unlikely Aston Villa would sell one of their most in form players, especially as he only arrived at the club 18 months ago.
A move for Kieran Richardson seems the least likely as such a signing would hardly appease Spurs fans as a replacement for Bale.
Tottenham may also lose fellow left sided player Benoit Assou-Ekotto who is apparently warming to the idea of a Juventus move so there may well be a need for the North London side to invest in a full back rather than an out and out winger.