HARRY REDKNAPP has reportedly agreed a new three year deal to mastermind Tottenham’s Champions League challenge.
Redknapp had held talks with ambitious side Al Ahli of Dubai last month, but has opted to stay with the lillywhites.
Spurs chairman Daniel Levy put the finishing touches to Redknapp’s new deal just as the club began their pre-season preparations with a comfortable 4-0 win at Bournemouth.
He has taken up a two-year option to extend Redknapp’s £3m-a-year deal as they aim to consolidate their position as a top four team.
Redknapp has been given a 10 per cent pay rise after lengthy discussions with Levy.
He had a year left on his existing contract, but he now has a deal to stay at Spurs until 2013.
Redknapp had been tempted by the £3m-a-year tax free deal on offer in Dubai, but the club refused to pay his £8m release fee.
The Arab side offered the former Pompey boss various incentives to sign, including a villa, chauffeur-driven car and healthcare for his family as part of an amazing package.
Instead, Redknapp wants to finish the job at Tottenham and has turned his attention to boosting his squad for their debut season in the Champions League.
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Levy has another meeting with Joe Cole’s agent in the diary, but his wage demands would break Spurs’ strict wage policy.
White Hart Lane’s top earners pull in around £60,000 a week and Cole left Chelsea on just short of £80,000.
He has been offered a deal by Arsenal, but has been playing a waiting game after the World Cup.
Redknapp is also on the lookout for a top drawer central defender as doubts continue over Jonathan Woodgate’s future.
Woodgate returned from a long-term treatment plan in Australia two weeks ago, but there is no return date set.
Ledley King’s appearances are also restricted with his chronic knee condition, leaving Redknapp with no alternative but to plan for the worst case scenario.