Spurs to lose Redknapp to Chelsea or Qatar

Wigan boss eyeing move to White Hart Lane

Harry Redknapp has been linked with the vacant job at Chelsea as the Premier League braces for a managerial merry-go-round which began with Brendan Rodgers moving from Swansea to Liverpool.

Wigan boss Roberto Martinez, a front-runner at one stage to replace Kenny Dalglish at Anfield, is now eyeing a move to White Hart Lane.

Several newspaper reports on Sunday have linked Redknapp to Chelsea as he continues to battle with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy over a lucrative new contract.

Redknapp is also a target for a Middle East consortium who want him to manage in Qatar. Redknapp was tempted last year and another money-spinning offer is being put together which could also be a factor.

The veteran manager has one year left on his existing deal and wants at least a two-year extension. But although Levy was thought to be originally offering that when Redknapp was a candidate for the England job, the deal is no longer on the table.

The uncertainty could be fatal for Tottenham, who look set to lose Luka Modric during the close-season and may be forced to sell Gareth Bale too, according to the Mirror.

But Redknapp is hopeful Tottenham can seal a deal for Ajax's Jan Vertonghen despite his position being in doubt.

The Spurs boss said: "Jan is a terrific passer and versatile too. He can play at the heart of defence but also plays very comfortable at left-back.

"I hope a deal is done but I don't think it's quite finished yet."

The player revealed on Friday night he was close to joining the north London club, claiming a deal could be done in the next "couple of weeks or maybe days".

Vertonghen, who has also been linked with a move to Tottenham's arch rivals Arsenal, said: "I am a big fan of the Premier League. It is almost the only competition I watch on TV and for me it is the best competition in the world.

"I would like to play in the Premier League. I am not in contact every day but I think it could be very close now, maybe a couple of weeks or maybe days."

Asked if he knew which club he wanted to join, he said: "I probably know which team I will be going to, yes. I know where I want to go and I think it is clear to everybody."

When probed as to whether that club was Tottenham, he nodded and said: "Yes."

The Belgium defender is on the verge of signing for Spurs after what has been a protracted process with Arsenal also reportedly interested in the player.

The 25-year-old recently suggested a deal was imminent, saying: "I think it could be very close now, maybe a couple of weeks or maybe days."

Vertonghen is primarily a centre-back but featured at left-back during Belgium's 1-0 friendly defeat to England at Wembley on Saturday.

And Redknapp has praised the player's versatility as well as revealing that the transfer should be tied up shortly.

"Jan is a terrific passer and versatile too," Redknapp told The Sun.

"He can play at the heart of defence but also plays every comfortable at left-back.

"I hope a deal is done but I don't think it's quite finished yet."
 

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