West Ham star in Tottenham’s sights after Diarra snub
TOTTENHAM (0) vs HEARTS (0)
Tottenham win 5-0 on aggregate
TOTTENHAM manager Harry Redknapp is thought to be targeting West Ham midfielder Scott Parker next after tying up a loan deal for Manchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayor.
Former Arsenal star Adebayor completed a season-long move from the Etihad Stadium after he underwent a medical yesterday and the two clubs finally reached a compromise over who would pay the bulk of his wages.
He was joined by Spain Under-21 international Yago Falque, who has also agreed a season-long loan from Juventus and will offer Redknapp more options in midfield, where he has been hit by injuries.
And Redknapp, who last night saw his side reach the Europa League group stage with a 0-0 draw against Hearts, is targeting further reinforcements, with playmaker Luka Modric still thought to want to leave White Hart Lane for Chelsea.
However Redknapp insisted last night that Modric would stay and face Manchester City on Sunday. “It’s been difficult for him but we want him to stay and he will stay. He’ll train tomorrow and Saturday and should be fit for Sunday,” he said.
Redknapp has long admired England international Parker, who still finds himself at West Ham despite their relegation to the Championship and the Hammers’ admission he is available for transfer.
He is likely to be a more affordable option than Lassana Diarra, who said yesterday he did not intend to join on loan from Real Madrid despite the clubs agreeing a fee.
Yet Redknapp has not given up on a deal for Diarra, saying: “Things haven’t broken down. There is still a good chance. The chairman is working on it.”
The north Londoners will go into today’s draw for the Europa League group stage after completing a 5-0 aggregate win over Hearts with a stalemate at White Hart Lane.
Redknapp named six academy graduates in a much-changed side which had the chance to increase their lead in the tie when Harry Kane was awarded a penalty, only for the youngster to miss from the spot.