Latest Transfer Update at 01-04-2012
Luka Modric: Manchester City speculation
REDKNAPP: TALK COULD DISTRACT MODRIC
Harry Redknapp admits Luka Modric could be distracted by talk of a move to Manchester City after Roberto Mancini declared his admiration for the Tottenham playmaker.
Redknapp had to fight hard to keep Modric at Tottenham last summer after Chelsea launched a series of big-money bids in an attempt to land the highly-rated midfielder.
Spurs chairman Daniel Levy refused to sell the star, but other clubs may look to take advantage of the uncertainty surrounding Redknapp's future by bidding for the Croatian when the transfer window re-opens.
Chelsea and Manchester United have been linked with the player throughout the season, and City boss Mancini spoke of Modric in glowing terms this morning, telling The Sun: "Luka Modric is an outstanding footballer, a great player... definitely one of the best in the Premier League."
Redknapp was forced to leave Modric out of his starting XI at the start of the season as he became distracted by Chelsea's advances, and the Spurs boss concedes it will be hard for the 26-year-old to ignore Mancini's apparent overtures given the riches on offer to the playing staff at the Etihad Stadium.
"I would think if someone is going to offer him £200,000 a week it could probably turn his head a little, yes!" Redknapp said.
Redknapp wants Modric to sign a new contract at Tottenham but the Croatian is yet to pen a new deal, and the uncertainty over whether the Spurs boss will be at White Hart Lane next year or in employment with England means Modric is unlikely to commit to anything soon.
Redknapp admits he is unaware of Modric's intentions but is adamant Spurs need to keep hold of him to continue the progress they have made over the last three years.
"Only Luka knows what he wants to do with his life," Redknapp said.
"We want to keep him here. We need to keep him. We love him. He is a fantastic player."
Should Redknapp, as is expected, be offered the vacant England manager's job, there will doubtlessly be a flood of applicants to fill his current position.
While a big-name appointment such as Jose Mourinho would obviously delight Spurs fans, there is a growing acknowledgement that the Londoners may turn to a current Premier League boss, with David Moyes reported to be the leading candidate.
Swansea boss Brendan Rodgers has also been mentioned after gaining many plaudits for the way he has guided the Welsh club to 10th in the table in their first season in the top flight since 1983.
The Northern Irishman's commitment to playing attacking football would make him an attractive alternative and Redknapp is a big fan of the Swansea boss.
"Brendan Rodgers has got to be right there for manager of the year," said Redknapp, whose team face Swansea on Sunday.
"One of the big teams, Manchester City or Manchester United, they are expected to win it, but Rodgers, (Newcastle boss) Alan Pardew and (Norwich manager) Paul Lambert, they will be up there.
"Brendan Rodgers wouldn't look out of place anywhere would he? He has certainly got Swansea playing some good football.
"He's someone who has a fantastic future.
"I don't know what his long-term plans are but certainly the job he has done at Swansea has just been amazing."
Spurs will be under intense pressure to end their seven-week long wait for a Premier League win this weekend.
They have failed to win in their last five matches, but Redknapp has been encouraged by the team's draw at Chelsea and victory over Bolton in the FA Cup on Tuesday night.
Spurs lie three points off third-placed Arsenal, but their five-point lead over Chelsea means they are looking well-placed for a top-four finish.
Fourth will not guarantee Champions League football if Chelsea go on to win the competition, however.
Given they need to beat Barcelona en route to the final means that will be hard, but Redknapp hopes to eradicate any possibility his team will not qualify for the Champions League by beating the Gunners to third place in the league.
"That's why we want to finish third, really...let Arsene have that problem," Redknapp said.