New Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp is ready to test the resolve of counterpart Sir Alex Ferguson at Premier League Champions Manchester United in the January transfer window, with a £10million bid for England International goalkeeper Ben Foster (below), according to reports.
Redknapp is not convinced about current Spurs No1 Heurelho Gomes following a series of gaffes in goal for Tottenham, both before and after the former Portsmouth chief’s arrival at White Hart Lane last month. With the Brazilian International’s latest error costing the North London club a point in their clash with Fulham on Saturday.
Shay Given at Newcastle United is understood to be Redknapp’s first choice to replace the hapless Gomes between the posts at Tottenham. However, Magpies boss Joe Kinnear has already declared that Given will not be leaving St James’ Park and recently issued a hands off warning to Spurs.
“I can save Harry the time and money and tell him not to bother even picking up the telephone, because there is no way Shay Given will be leaving this club,” Kinnear told the Newcastle Evening Chronicle last week.
Tottenham will now reportedly turn their attention towards 25-year-old Foster, who is behind Dutch International Edwin van der Sar and Tomasz Kuszczak in the pecking order at Old Trafford. Foster has always insisted that he wishes to remain at the European Champions, but knows that he must be playing regular first-team football if he is to add to his one cap for England under Fabio Capello.
Ferguson will be reluctant to let Foster leave the Red Devils, but will be tested by an offer in the region of £10million by Tottenham for Foster. However, the board at United are likely to see the deal as good business for a player that has been at Old Trafford since 2005, but has only made 2 senior appearances for United during that time.