Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp is set to raid his former club West Ham United for two of the Hammers key players, with defender Matthew Upson and goalkeeper Robert Green the targets, according to the Daily Mirror.
Hammers boss Gianfranco Zola has already been told by the board at Upton Park that the East London club must sell before they can recruit new faces in the January transfer window. With former Portsmouth chief Redknapp ready to take full advantage by offering Tottenham’s Premier League rivals £16million for Upson and Green.
It is no secret that a keeper is top of the list for Redknapp in January, with summer signing Heurelho Gomes making a string of high-profile errors in the Premiership since the Brazilian International’s arrival at White Hart Lane from PSV Eindhoven for £7.8million. Add to this Redknapp’s reluctance to give Spurs No2 Cesar Sanchez his opportunity in the Premiership, with the former Spanish International likely to return to Spain with Valencia.
Redknapp is also keen to add cover in the centre of defence, with Tottenham captain Ledley King still unable to play every game for Spurs due to a persistent knee injury. Although Tottenham have Michael Dawson and Ricardo Rocha as cover along with Vedran Corluka, who has deputised in that role in the absence of King, Redknapp is a big fan of Upson and is keen to add the England International to the squad at the North London club in January.
The Hammers will resist any bid for two of their key players, but due to the financial position West Ham are in after the collapse of Landsibank in Iceland, which the West Ham chairman was the major shareholder. An offer in the region of £16million for Green and Upson should prove too much for board at Upton Park to turn down.