With the club yesterday confirming that manager Harry Redknapp has signed a new 3 year contract to stay at White Hart Lane … news that will no doubt quash the fears many supporters of the club will have had, we can now look to the future with greater optimism and purpose.
With all the speculation regarding first Harry and Liverpool and then Harry and the England job, attention to the most important, most interesting and most exciting part of our summer (our transfer dealings!) was forced to take a back seat.
Now that we know he’s staying, we can look on and begin to speculate on who he will look to bring in to improve an already excellent squad. With Champions League football on the way this coming season we can expect to see links to a higher calibre of player than in previous transfer windows , the question is …… who will be Harry’s ‘Marquee’ signing?
Let’s take a look at some of the most linked, and most likely candidates …..
Craig Bellamy – According to some sources, this one is as good as a done deal. The much travelled (8 clubs and counting) Welshman has fallen out of favour with Roberto Mancini and would welcome a move away from Eastlands to secure first team football. Harry was linked with him before he left West Ham but at 31, and most likely to be on big wages at City, would Daniel Levy sanction a deal for a player who could possibly rock the White Hart Lane boat?
Luis Fabiano – The Brazilian World Cup star, currently plying his trade in La Liga at Sevilla, is a known favourite of Harry’s. After a good world cup for the South American side, Fabiano will no doubt have aquired the glances of many of Europe’s top managers, but if his recent admission (about only wanting a switch to Man Utd or Real Madrid) is anything to go by then this one is a non starter! Harry though remains optimistic and only today spoke of how he thinks that the Brazilian could be available to the club. We can only wait and see but if this one came off, it would certainly signal our intent to challenge for major honours this time around.
Joe Cole – What more can be said about the possibility of this deal coming off? I won’t bore you with it like everyone else is doing at the moment, but with Levy currently in talks with Cole’s people we can expect an end to this saga one way or another fairly soon …… or at least we hope we can !
Micah Richards – Gone a bit quiet this one, but he’s certainly a player that I think would be a good acquisition for the club. Strong, pacey and athletic, Richards would be a good player to call upon when up against teams with genuine pace in wide areas. While Corluka has done a great job for us out on the right, he is lacking in the speed department and sometimes prone to getting caught in advanced positions. With the long term futures of King and Woody under yet more scrutiny, Richards’ ability to move in at centre half is another reason why Harry should consider a move for the talented defender.
Luis Suarez – After Martin Jol’s recent comments that Tottenham weren’t a big enough club to tempt the Ajax man, the player himself reignited talks of a switch to N17 yesterday by saying :
‘Tottenham hold appeal as well though, they are a team with great ambition and have done well to reach the Champions League, ‘I like team that have shown ambition through the money they spend.”
Suarez, is a player I’d definately be pleased to see at the Lane next season. Young, quick and a good finisher make the Uruguayan a natural target for Harry Redknapp. Whether his comments suggest Harry has already made an approach, we must wait and see!
Who else could improve our squad next season? Heard of any other possible deals in the pipeline? Let us know using the comments box below …..