Harry fails in Candela bid
By Patrick Goss
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Southampton boss Harry Redknapp was expecting to sign Vincent Candela.Southampton boss Harry Redknapp has confirmed that he was expecting to sign Vincent Candela from Roma, and was shocked to find that Bolton Wanderers had hijacked the deal.
Candela looks set to complete his move to Bolton before the end of the transfer window on Monday, after his contract in Italy was cancelled.
The France international is keen to find a new home quickly, but Redknapp is surprised he did not end up with The Saints.
"I went to Rome in midweek and thought I had tied up a deal for Candela, who has played for France and is a fantastic player," Redknapp told the club's official website.
"I did a deal for him to come on loan until the end of the season and I was expecting a phone call last night to say he had arrived.
"Then I got one to say he was with Bolton.
"I thought he must have got lost, but it looks like he will sign for them."