Tottenham Hotspur could make a swoop for Ghanaian International Stephen Appiah after FIFA ruled that the former Juventus midfielder is a free agent following his split from Turkish side Fenerbahce in the summer.
New Spurs manager had been heavily linked with a move for 27-year-old Appiah during the summer, while in charge of Portsmouth along with Premier League rivals Arsenal, with Redknapp declaring an interest in the combative midfielder back in September.
“I'd love to sign Appiah and we are interested in him but it's going to be tough to get him,” said Redknapp in September.
“There are a lot of clubs chasing him, clubs like West Ham and Arsenal, and I’m sure Juventus will want him back as well.
“He's a terrific player for somebody on a free. I've asked about him in the past and I watched him plenty of times when I was looking at Sulley Muntari and they played together for Ghana.”
However, Pompey were forced to pull out of the race to sign Appiah, with Redknapp conceding that the midfielder’s wage demands were a major stumbling block in bringing Appiah to Fratton Park.
Now at Tottenham Redknapp has much more financial clout at his disposal at White Hart Lane and could reignite his interest in a player that he has always admired, but will face competition from Premiership clubs West Ham, Newcastle United and Middlesbrough, who are reportedly going to watch Appiah in action for Ghana against Tunisia this week.
Appiah meanwhile is being cautious and insisted that he just wants to start playing regularly again after only recently overcoming a career threatening knee injury, with the Ghanaian International declaring that the decision on his next club is a huge one.
“We will see,” he said to KickOffGhana.com.
“I want to get back playing week in, week out as quickly as possible so I can understand why people are worried. But I don’t need to be in a rush because this is a huge decision.”