Jenas bait in Tottenham's Vieira swoop

TOTTENHAM manager Harry Redknapp is ready to use England midfielder Jermaine Jenas as bait in a sensational deal for Patrick Vieira.<br /><br />Inter Milan are reportedly willing to let Vieira, former captain of Spurs&rsquo; arch-rivals Arsenal, leave the club for a fee of around &pound;3.5m.<br /><br />Tottenham are among a host of clubs chasing the 33-year-old Frenchman&rsquo;s signature, but Redknapp is prepared to offer Jenas in order to clinch the transfer.<br /><br />Inter head coach Jose Mourinho is a long-standing admirer of Jenas, 26, from his days in the Premier League as Chelsea manager.<br /><br />Any deal involving &pound;8m-rated Jenas would likely see Inter handing over Vieira and a cash sum.<br /><br />Tottenham are set to offer Vieira a short-term contract, although he will be expected to accept a huge cut in wages to make a controversial return to north London.<br /><br />The tough-tackling midfielder lifted three Premier League titles and four FA Cups during nine years at Arsenal, where he became synonymous with Arsene Wenger&rsquo;s reign as manager.<br /><br />Senegal-born Vieira left for Juventus in 2005 for &pound;13.7m but, following the club&rsquo;s relegation for match-fixing, moved to Inter just a year later. A series of injuries has restricted his involvement at the Serie A champions, but Bordeaux, Paris St Germain, Lyon and Birmingham have all been linked with offers for Vieira.<br /><br />Wheeler-dealer Redknapp is yet to dip into the transfer market this summer, but is also thought to want a striker. Roma forward Mirko Vucinic, however, has emphatically distanced himself from suggestion he could join Spurs.<br /><br />&ldquo;At the moment it&rsquo;s useless to talk because there aren&rsquo;t any offers,&rdquo; said Vucinic. &ldquo;If one should arrive I will talk with the club and we&rsquo;ll see. Obviously there are places where I would not want to go. Tottenham? Let&rsquo;s reject that.&rdquo;<br /><br />Redknapp is thought to be ready to sell strike pair Darren Bent and Roman Pavlyuchenko.