Redknapp denies defender bids
Harry Redknapp has played down rumours he is ready to strengthen his defence by making bids for Rio Ferdinand and Gary Cahill.
Last Updated: 15/10/11 9:29am
Harry Redknapp has played down rumours that he is ready to strengthen Tottenham Hotspur's defence by making bids to sign Rio Ferdinand and Gary Cahill.
Manchester United defender Ferdinand played under Redknapp at West Ham United and was wanted by the Spurs boss two years ago.
The 32-year-old is no longer a fixture in the United defence following a series of injury troubles and has again been linked with a move to White Hart Lane.
Ferdinand's England team-mate Cahill is also a long-term target for Spurs after Redknapp tried to capture the Bolton Wanderers centre-half in the summer.
Cahill is out of contract at the end of the season and could be sold by Bolton in January, however, Redknapp cooled suggestions he is planning a fresh move for either defender.
"I haven't even thought about Rio to be honest," said Redknapp.
"I signed him as a kid. I love Rio as a boy and a player, but it's not something we have ever enquired about.
"It's going to be difficult for him to leave Man Utd isn't it?"
The signing of Cahill would have been a big coup for Spurs, especially given that Arsenal were interested in the player, but Redknapp's defence has performed well without him.
Even long-term injuries to William Gallas and Michael Dawson have not been felt by the squad thanks to the strong performances of Younes Kaboul and fit-again captain Ledley King.
That has left Redknapp feeling he does not need to add to his defence in January, even if Cahill becomes available again.
"I'm not looking to strengthen in defence, really. We are strong in defence. We have Dawson, King, Gallas, Kaboul and (Sebastien) Bassong," added Redknapp.
"I went for Cahill because at the time I couldn't see Ledley being fit and because William Gallas had a calf strain."