Monday, 3 November 2008

Portuguese International To Return To Spurs In Hutton Swap Deal?

New Tottenham Hotspur boss Harry Redknapp is reportedly keen on bringing Glasgow Rangers midfielder Pedro Mendes back to White Hart Lane after selling the former Spurs player to the Gers in the summer, while in charge of Portsmouth. With speculation suggesting that Alan Hutton could go the other way as part of a swap deal with the Scottish side.

Redknapp reluctantly sold the Portuguese International to the SPL giants in the summer for £3million, with reports suggesting that 29-year-old Mendes was unhappy at the South Coast club, despite being an integral part of Pompey’s FA Cup winning team last season and regaining his place in the side towards the end of the campaign.

Mendes has impressed in the SPL this season, with the ‘Old Firm’ team in fine form, which has gained the midfielder a recall to the Portuguese team. With Mendes now wanted by Redknapp at Tottenham as the former West Ham United manager sets about putting his own mark on the squad at the North London club.

One, possibility which has been speculated about is a return to Glasgow for Spurs defender Alan Hutton, who it has been rumoured is unhappy at Tottenham after his £9million transfer from Rangers to White Hart Lane in January, with a possible swap-deal with Mendes being mooted.

However, Gers manager Walter Smith is unlikely to want to sell Mendes, who has been outstanding in the absence of captain Barry Ferguson for Rangers, with the former Scotland boss also unlikely to want Hutton back in Glasgow after the Scottish International’s transfer deadline day decision to leave in January after initially turning down a move to Tottenham.

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