White Hart Lane boss may make bid for Stamford Bridge veteran.
There has been continued speculation that Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp is interested in signing Nicolas Anelka in January, something that Redknapp has not ruled out.
Reports are suggesting that Anelka could stay in England by joining Tottenham instead of moving to China to join Shanghai Shenhua who remain favourites to sign the 32-year-old and with his current contract at Chelsea set to expire in the summer, it widely reported that he will leave in January offering the Stamford Bridge hope of receiving a fee for the player.
Harry Redknapp admitted that he is a fan of Anelka who has played for three Premier League clubs in his career and said “”I think he is a fantastic goalscorer but he is not a player who I have made any enquiries about or mentioned to the chairman, Having said that, I wouldn’t stand here and say, ‘No. Never’, because if I did sign him you would say, ‘What a lying git’. It’s not a bad shout. He’s a good player.”
Nicolas Anelka still has a lot to offer but despite finishing last term as Chelsea’s top scorer in all competitions it seems that Andre Villas-Boas has little use for the French international. The 32 year old has started just three Premier League matches this season and that fact that the former Arsenal and Real Madrid man could leave the West London club for free in the summer a nominal offer in January may just do the trick.
Currently Anelka is behind the likes of Fernando Torres, Juan Mata, Didier Drogba, Daniel Sturridge and possibly even Salomon Kalou and the Blues man will not want to be warming the bench at this stage in his career.
The Paris born striker has been linked with a move back to PSG whom he has represented twice in his career before leaving for Arsenal and Bolton respectively. The speedy adaptable attacker, who can play on the wing as well as up front, has spent the 11 years in the Premier League and has amassed a total of 171 goals in his career as a whole and could well be a useful player to bring in to help Tottenham’s push for to secure a top four finish this term.