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Redknapp Again Plays Down Wickham Link
Redknapp Again Plays Down Wickham Link
Friday, 8th Apr 2011 07:48

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has again played down reports that he’ll make a summer move for Town striker Connor Wickham. Spurs are widely understood to be the frontrunners for the 18-year-old’s signature with the Blues said to have put a £10 million price tag on his head.

Redknapp says he’d not look to sign the England U21 international for that kind of cash as he doesn’t think he’s ready for the Premier League quite yet: "I don't see us paying the sort of money that Ipswich are talking about.

“He's not someone who'd be ready to play in the first team next season. He'd be better off staying for another year."

Last week Redknapp similarly said he wouldn’t pay £10 million for the Town academy product and dismissed suggestions that he had already made offers for the Hereford-born frontman.

Elsewhere, ex-Town striker Billy Clarke, now with Blackpool, is considering spending the summer in the US’s MLS as he looks to prove his fitness after the knee ligament injury which has kept him out of the Seasiders’ Premier League campaign.

He said: "I have to sit down with the manager and the physio and see what they think, but it would be nice to get some competitive games in during the off-season, then come back fully fit pre-season.

"It is an option that I would really like to do. Hopefully then I'd come back for our pre-season having played eight or nine games on my knee. Then the injury would be fully behind me and I won't be worrying about it."


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bedsitfc added 08:19 - Apr 8
It wouldn't suprise me if that is a smoke screen, harry wouldn't want to show his hand yet. I have a feeling he will be putting in a cheeky 7-8 million bid and if he does i cant see us rejecting it with the reported lose in revenue from tv deal in 2012. We will have to go all out for promotion next season and that money will fund quite a few good quality players.
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TractorMan added 08:30 - Apr 8
I've said it on here before Redknapp plays a very close line to tapping up in the media. It's how he unsettles players and clubs then comes in and buys them for a cheaper price.

He also a complete hyocrite and hates it when anyone talks about his players, so Mr Jewell why not start saying Bale would do well to play for a European club or a Top 4 club to progress? That should wind him up enough! :)
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mcmikerg added 08:38 - Apr 8
'Onest 'Arry's just trying to talk down the asking price. He's a complete BS merchant; I wouldn't trust him to sit the right way round on a toilet.
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TractorMan added 08:54 - Apr 8
And the best part is Harry is being told by his own chairman he needs to sell players as his squad is too big.

Could be a lot of players leaving if they don't get CL football next season (which looks unlikely)

Cue Harry whinging he doesn't have enough players (biggest squad in the PL behind Man City) and not the money of the big boys (biggest spenders behind City).

http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2011/apr/08/tottenham-gareth-bale-departure
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nearly50yearsblue added 09:19 - Apr 8
Take £12 million,pay ME his £6 million back and spent the rest on players.
Except the interest to ME will probably gobble that up.
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clive_baker added 09:23 - Apr 8
'Arry has a point to be fair. Wickham is very raw and i doubt he would be ready for the Premier League next season. Redknapp has a massive squad and wage bill (as he has a habit of doing) and i think a lot of the activity at WHL this season will be outgoing players. An option might be to get a couple of players in the deal with less money changing hands.

£3 million + dos santos and o'hara anyone?

Clearly neither of those players would want to play in the Championship but i think there might be a swap deal involved.
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jas0999 added 09:29 - Apr 8
Spurs will make an offer. So will other clubs. we must hold out for at least 15M.
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TractorMan added 10:55 - Apr 8
Another tongue in cheek pop at Redknapp by the Guardian backing up my Harry can't stop talking about other people's players. :)

http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2011/apr/08/football-transfer-rumours

"Ipswich Manager Harry Redknapp".....
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Ipswich24 added 11:28 - Apr 8
clive baker- why would O'Hara want to play in championship?
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itfc1981 added 12:07 - Apr 8
take a seat arry let me tell you something,

YOU ARE NOT GETTING HIM!



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ingyblue added 12:51 - Apr 8
Im sure bids will come in for him but i think connor does want to stay with us for another season, so if we dont get the 10-15 million price were looking for keep him as long as possible he will probably leave in the january window if were not in a good position in the table at that time
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Sindre94 added 12:58 - Apr 8
Best talent at ippy since benty
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I_8_NARWICH added 14:54 - Apr 8
god this is getting boring, must be every week Spurs are making an offer for Wickham cant do anything until the end of the season anyway so why keep going on about it?
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