Harry open minded on Anelka
Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp is not ruling out a bid to sign Nicolas Anelka, but insists he has yet to enquire about the Chelsea striker.
Last Updated: 30/11/11 3:17pm
Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp is not ruling out a bid to sign Nicolas Anelka, but insists he has yet to enquire about the Chelsea striker.
Anelka is out of contract at the end of the season and is widely expected to leave Stamford Bridge, with a string of clubs linked with bids.
Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua have expressed an interest, AC Milan have been linked, while there are also several clubs in Major League Soccer reportedly monitoring the 32-year-old.
Speculation has also claimed that Spurs could make a January approach for the Frenchman to boost Redknapp's attacking options.
Redknapp admits he is an admirer of the former Arsenal and Liverpool forward, who has started just three Premier League games this season and has not scored since August.
"I have always liked him," said Redknapp.
"I think he is a fantastic goalscorer but he is not a player who I have made any enquiries about or mentioned to the chairman.
"Having said that, I wouldn't stand here and say, 'No. Never', because if I did sign him you would say, 'What a lying git'. It's not a bad shout. He's a good player."
The Tottenham boss is also waiting to learn the extent of the knee injury suffered in training by Roman Pavlyuchenko, which means Jermain Defoe will start Wednesday's Europa League tie against PAOK Salonika.
He added: "There is no-one else really because Pav did his knee yesterday.
"It doesn't look very good. He just banged it on Andros Townsend's head. He slipped and hit Andros and it looks very swollen. It doesn't look great."