Redknapp eyeing Friedel move
Harry Redknapp has admitted his interest in signing veteran Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Friedel.
Last Updated: 22/05/11 12:42pm
Harry Redknapp has admitted his interest in signing veteran Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Friedel, but insists Heurelho Gomes is staying.
Although the Tottenham boss is being tipped to draw up a list of candidates to replace his current first choice Gomes following an inconsistent campaign, Redknapp claims he is ready to stick by the Brazilian.
Birmingham's Ben Foster and Manchester City's Shay Given have been linked with a move to White Hart Lane, along with Ajax and Holland star Maarten Stekelenberg.
And when asked about suggestions that he was keen on signing Friedel, whose contract at Villa expires in the summer, he said: "He's a very good keeper, but there are a few clubs in for him.
"Liverpool are in for him, West Brom too. It's interesting. We'll have to see where we go."
But Redknapp also insisted he was ready to retain his full confidence in Gomes ahead of next season.
He said: "I think he's made saves that he's had no right to make, some incredible saves that only a keeper of his quality could make."
Meanwhile, Villa caretaker boss Gary McAllister has encouraged the American, who celebrated his 40th birthday this week, to remain at the club.
Friedel currently holds the Premier League consecutive appearance record and McAllister is hopeful he will extend it beyond the 275 he will reach against Liverpool on Sunday.
McAllister told The Sunday Mirror: "Taking into consideration the type of season this has been for us then Brad has been a fantastic pro and he's also been a very good keeper.
"He's proved that throughout his time here, although that isn't new because I played with him at Liverpool and maybe he was a wee bit unlucky not to get more games there.
"The offer of a new contract is a reward for what he's done, and we certainly hope this is not his farewell, otherwise we wouldn't be offering it to him.
"Because of his age his schedule is different from other keepers, but he's a guy that knows how to manage his training. You put it all together and he is a top, top player."