Wednesday, 29 October 2008

Spurs Boss Redknapp Wants £20million Yak & Zak Attack?

New Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp reportedly wants to pair Nigerian International Yakubu of Everton and Egyptian sensation Amr Zaki of Wigan Athletic in attack at White Hart Lane, with the former Portsmouth boss ready to pay £20million to land the strikers, according to reports.

Redknapp brought the unknown Yakubu to the Premier League in 2003, while in charge of Pompey, with the then 20-year-old Yakubu arriving from Israeli side Maccabi Haifa. Yakubu scored 29 goals in 68 appearances for the South coast club before moving to Middlesbrough in 2005 and then an £11million transfer to Merseyside club Everton in 2007, where the Nigerian has found the net 18 times in 35 games for the Toffees.

Latics striker Amr Zaki (left) is also said to be on the radar of the Spurs boss, with the Egyptian taking the Premier League by storm this season, with 7 goals already in 9 games since his arrival at the JJB Stadium on loan from Zamalek in the summer.

Pompey striker Jermain Defoe has been linked with a return to Spurs in January, but Premier League rules will prevent any move until the summer, with no player allowed to rejoin a club within 12 months under Rule L19.

Argentine International Fernando Cavenaghi at Ligue 1 side Bordeaux has also been linked with Redknapp and a move to the Premiership, but it is understood that Redknapp has identified Yakubu and Zaki as the forwards to lead the line at White Hart Lane.

Wigan manager Steve Bruce will be reluctant to let Zaki leave the JJB, but has already admitted that the Latics do not have first option to sign the Egyptian from Zamelek, with Redknapp understood to be willing to offer £6million for the striker.

While Goodison boss will also fight to keep Yakubu, the Nigerian has fallen behind new signing Louis Saha in the pecking order at Everton and could opt for a reunion with Redknapp at Tottenham, with it believed an offer of £14million would be enough to lure the striker South to London.

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