He sees Defoe as the ideal man to provide the firepower he needs, and is hopeful that he can persuade the England international to drop down a division.
The imminent arrival of Roberto Soldado – plus the prospect of a Spurs spending spree if Gareth Bale does move to Real Madrid – could limit the 30-year-old’s first-team opportunities next term.
‘Arry is hopeful that this, allied with the pair’s close personal relationship, may be enough to allow him to pull off a stunning deal.
Ahead of his side’s opening game of the Championship season, Redknapp said that he has ambitious plans and the backing to make them a reality:
“I am going to put together a team that will excite people.
“I am trying to bring players in who will blow people’s minds. I have got the backing of the board to do that, and we are moving on from last season.”
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