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Tottenham offer Harry Redknapp new deal and £50m war chest
* Chairman Daniel Levy makes his move to keep Redknapp at White Hart Lane
* Pay rise plus funds to land Eden Hazard and Loic Remy
* FA feeling heat as they search for England boss
08 March 2012
Tottenham are urging Harry Redknapp to commit his future to the club by offering him an improved four-year deal and £50million to spend in the transfer market this summer.
Standard Sport understands Spurs’ hierarchy have become frustrated at the continuing uncertainty over Redknapp’s future, with the Football Association yet to approach the 65-year-old about the England manager’s role following Fabio Capello’s departure last month.
It is believed that no contact has been made at all, either through third parties or intermediaries to Redknapp directly, as the FA continue to compile a shortlist of candidates to take charge before Euro 2012.
Chairman Daniel Levy is pressurising Redknapp to sign amid concerns the situation is creating uncertainty with Tottenham poised to finish in the top four and earn another crack at Champions League football.
Redknapp’s contract with Spurs expires at the end of next season and negotiations have begun on a new four-year deal on an increased salary from his present £3m a year before bonuses. But the offer also includes the promise of significant investment in the team regardless of where they finish this season, with Levy insistent he will do all he can to land Spurs’ top targets, Marseille striker Loic Remy and Lille playmaker Eden Hazard.
Tottenham were quoted a £20m fee for Remy in January and will make a formal offer at the end of the season, while £30m-rated Hazard spoke three weeks ago about a move to England, suggesting “maybe it will be Tottenham — it is a great English club”.
Discussions between Spurs and Redknapp are at an early stage, with Levy currently away in Florida, but it is thought the club want an outcome in the near future to end speculation surrounding the England hotseat.
Levy is keen to know whether he has to begin the search for a new manager in earnest, with Chelsea complicating the pursuit of top-class managers after sacking Andre Villas-Boas last Sunday following just eight months in charge.
The FA insist they are mindful of disrupting clubs during the current campaign and are looking to make an appointment in early May but the feeling at Spurs is that they would rather know earlier where they stand so they can plan for the future.
Redknapp has made no secret of his desire to listen to what the FA have to say and although he remains the front-runner for the England job, a complicated compensation clause in his contract worth around £5m is a factor under consideration.
Another issue is the FA’s desire for the new manager to take an active role across all age groups when the national football centre at St George’s Park in Staffordshire opens in August.
The FA are thought to be unsure whether Redknapp would be keen to work closely with England’s Under-16s up to the U-21s and the seniors, all of whom will train together at the new national base.
It is also unclear if Redknapp would be prepared to move from Sandbanks in Dorset to relocate somewhere nearer the St George’s Park site at Burton-upon-Trent.
Roy Hodgson is another manager being considered for the England role. The 64-year-old already works in the Midlands as the boss of West Brom and he was a serious candidate when the FA discussed the possibility of removing Capello after England’s shocking 2010 World Cup campaign in South Africa.
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