Redknapp gives up on Young

Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp says he has given up hope of signing Aston Villa winger Ashley Young.

The 24-year-old has shot to stardom since helping Watford achieve promotion to the Premier League in 2006, with an £8 million move to Villa Park following in January 2007, where the livewire winger has since made 86 top-flight appearances and won five caps for his country.

Young's scintillating form, which helped the Villans threaten to gatecrash the 'Big Four' last season, has inevitably led to speculation tipping the youngster to move on to bigger and better things, with Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur all linked with the speedster, who netted nine goals in 2008/09.

While the arrival of left-sided specialist Stewart Downing from Middlesbrough only intensified rumours linking him with a move.

However, Young revealed last month that he had no desire to leave Villa Park this summer.

And Redknapp has conceded that he does believe he has a chance of recruiting him.

"Everybody would like to have him but I don't think there is a chance we would get him," he said.

"He's a fantastic player and Aston Villa do not want to sell him, I don't think he's available."

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