Tuesday, 2 December 2008

Spurs Plan January Raid For American Keeper?


Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp is casting his net wider in search of a goalkeeper to replace Brazilian International Heurelho Gomes at the Premier League club, with Reading’s Marcus Hahnemann now a target for the North London club, according to The Mirror.

Since his arrival in the summer from PSV Eindhoven, Gomes has made a series of high-profile errors, which has led to former Portsmouth boss Redknapp putting a new keeper top of his wish list in the January transfer window to arrive at White Hart Lane.

It is understood that Spurs scouts have already contacted Hahnemann’s agents about the availability of the Royals player, with the American’s contract at the Madejski Stadium due to end next summer.

36-year-old Hahnemann, who joined the Championship side from Fulham in 2002 is understood to be keen on a move to the Premiership, with reports that the American International is also upset by Reading’s stance on a new deal for the keeper at the Madejski. As Reading will not offer Hahnemann a long-term contract due to his age.

Age will not be a factor should Redknapp bring Hahnemann to Spurs as shown at his time at Pompey, with England International David James, who is 38.

Redknapp’s other option at White Hart Lane between the posts is Spaniard Cesar Sanchez, but with Redknapp’s reluctance to give Cesar his opportunity in the Premier League and Cesar being linked with a return to Spain with Valencia. A move for Hanemann, who would be available for a modest fee could materialise.

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