Harry Redknapp has made it perfectly clear all season what he thinks of his Tottenham side. Not only does he believe he has built a good team, but he is convinced that given one or two additions, he has a squad capable of mounting a serious title bid. Like many, I laughed off this suggestion, but given their season so far it is by no means out of the realms of possibility. January could prove decisive.
Despite everything seemingly going to plan down at White Hart Lane, there is still one piece missing. The glaringly obvious form (of lack of) from Wilson Palacios has at times left Harry short of bite in midfield. Redknapp would be keen to replace the out-of-sorts Honduran, and a former player of his seems the perfect solution.
Lassana Diarra is very much out of the loop at Real Madrid. Jose Mourinho has set about putting his own stamp on things at the Bernabeu resulting in the summer arrivals of Mesut Ozil and Sami Khedira, paving the way for a January move for Diarra.
The 25-year-old midfielder was at Portsmouth when Harry led them to FA Cup glory back in 2008. He played every minute of that successful cup run and earned such a reputation that he later signed for Real for £20 million. He has been reported as saying he would be keen to join up with Redknapp again after becoming discontent with life under Mourinho.
Redknapp would know exactly what he was getting. If the newspapers are to be believed, for £12 million, Tottenham would have someone in the middle of the park to win the ball and feed the likes of Luka Modric and Rafael van der Vaart, as well as having the ability to provide an attacking threat himself.
This isn’t to say that Harry’s other options haven’t done well; Tom Huddlestone’s recent appearances as captain show the impact he has upon the side. But this is the signing Redknapp must make if Tottenham really are to turn into a genuine title contender. It’s the next step up, one which I’m sure all Spurs fans are keen to see.
The signing would not only be value for money, but a sign of intent. At 25, he already has the experience of top-flight football after previous spells at Arsenal, Chelsea and Madrid. Next up the Lane? Trust Harry to get it right…
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