Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp has admitted it is currently unlikely that Inter Milan midfielder Patrick Vieira will join the club. The former Portsmouth boss agreed a deal to bring England striker Peter Crouch to White Hart Lane on Monday evening. And although Redknapp is in need of defenders following injuries to Jonathan Woodgate and Michael Dawson, as well as Ledley King, the 62-year-old is still hopeful of signing a defensive midfielder before the end of the summer transfer window, with ex-Arsenal skipper Vieira and Real Madrid enforcer Lassana Diarra on his wish-list. Redknapp had revealed that the 33-year-old Frenchman - who made more than 250 league appearances for the Gunners, winning three Premier League titles and four FA Cups - was tempted to join Arsenal's arch rivals. But, speaking in Beijing as Spurs prepare to participate in the Barclays Asia Trophy, he has since admitted that talks have stalled over a potential deal. "It's gone very quiet to be honest," he said. "When Patrick's name was put to me a few weeks ago, saying he was interested in moving to Tottenham, I became interested in him. "I've always thought he could bring something to the club. He's a fantastic player. I still feel he has something to offer Tottenham. "His adviser said Patrick was interested in coming. But since then it has gone very quiet. "Whether it happens now, I can't be sure. But I certainly would be interested in him if he became available." NEWS: Henry - I'd never advise anyone to sign for Spurs NEWS: Redknapp - Vieira tempted by Tottenham NEWS: Vieira set to stay at San Siro NEWS: Gold - Vieira deal not dead yet NEWS: Birmingham bid to bring in Vieira NEWS: Vieira pondering Inter Milan future NEWS: Vieira hints at return to homeland NEWS: Vieira rules out return to England ARSENAL FANS! Check FourFourTwo.com’s ever-expanding interviews archive for more stuff to read: Web Exclusives Patrick Vieira, Cesc Fabregas Q&A Theo Walcott, Cesc Fabregas One on One Arsene Wenger, Thierry Henry, Ian Wright Boy's A Bit Special Theo Walcott, Armand Traore Perfect XI Ian Wright What Happened Next? Gus Caesar, Peter Marinello And Another Thing Being a Big Four fan Plus! Rate Arsenal players (and others) on Talentspotter SPURS FANS! Check FourFourTwo.com’s ever-expanding interviews archive for more stuff to read: Web Exclusives Les Ferdinand, Paul Gascoigne, Gary Lineker, Glenn Hoddle, Frederic Kanoute One on One Paul Gascoigne, Les Ferdinand, Ossie Ardiles Boy's A Bit Special Chris Gunter, John Bostock Ask A Silly Question Garth Crooks Perfect XI Ossie Ardiles My Secret Vice Neil Ruddock Plus! Martin Peters on Weekend Wonders and Spurs on Talentspotter
28 July 2009
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