Tottenham eye Fabio Capello as replacement for Redknapp

A picture taken on May 13, 2012 shows Tottenham Hotspur's English manager Harry Redknapp before his team's English Premier League football match against Fulham at White Hart Lane in London. (AFP PHOTO/GLYN KIRK)

BEIRUT: Tottenham are lining up former England manager Fabio Capello as the replacement for the recently sacked Harry Redknapp. The Italian has revealed that he misses working in football management, and would be interested in working in the Premier League should the opportunity arise.

After resigning from his post in February following the FA’s decision to strip Chelsea’s John Terry of the England captaincy, Capello has been linked with a number of vacant positions across Europe.

The former Juventus, Milan and Real Madrid boss was being considered by Champions League winners Chelsea, along with Pep Guardiola, before the Blues decided to appoint Roberto Di Matteo on a full term basis.

Capello would undoubtedly represent a shrewd appointment by the London club, and having declared his interest in working in the Premier League the 66-year-old is now being linked with the job.

“I would be interested if the offer came for an important project – for a team that wants to achieve something significant and long lasting,” Capello told The Daily Star London. “Wherever the offer is inspiring from a personal, professional and sports point of view [I would be prepared to go].”

Senior Spurs players have reportedly spoken to chairman Daniel Levy urging him not to appoint former Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas after the Portuguesemanager was linked with the vacant position.

During his time at Chelsea the 34-year-old is said to have alienated many of the players, before a run of poor form saw the him be sacked just three months before the Blues would lift both the FA Cup and Champions League.

The Daily Mail claim that Tottenham are also interested in current France boss Laurent Blanc.

The future of Spurs midfielder Luka Modric continues to remain unresolved, with sources close to the diminutive playmaker revealing the player is considering a switch to Spanish champions Real Madrid.

Mate Bilic, a close friend of Modric and a former international teammate revealed that the 26-year-old is desperate to move to Real, with the Sporting Gijon striker telling the Mail a move is likely to happen soon.

“He wants to play in the Spanish league,” he said.

“He loves the Premier League but he wants to play in Spain. He’s very close to agreeing a move.”

Jose Mourinho has admitted his admiration of the player in recent weeks, and the Spanish giants are believed to be preparing a mammoth bid for the Croatian.

Man United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is desperate to land Modric, with United having courted with the playmaker last summer, and look determined to make a move should Tottenham consider selling.

Arsenal’s hopes of signing Yann M’Vila have been boosted after the French international announced interest in moving to the Emirates this summer.

The Rennes midfielder has been heavily linked with a transfer in recent months, but with Inter Milan reportedly interested in the player Arsenal have started to lose hope in securing M’Vila’s services.

“I have heard Arsenal are interested in me,” M’Vila told talkSport. “I like Arsenal and I like the Premier League. I don’t know what is happening with the clubs, but yes, I would be interested in the Premier League and Arsenal.”

West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce has made a bid for Real Madrid striker Joselu, with the Hammers hoping that the inclusion of a buy-back clause in the deal will be enough to tempt Real to sanction a deal at a cut price.

The Spanish under-21 forward scored 26 goals last season for Real’s B team Castilla.

The Spanish champions are keen to let the player go on loan for a season, and would even consider a permanent transfer should there be the option to bring the player back to the club inserted in any deal.

Real are willing to do business should any club offer 7 million pounds, but the Mirror reports that the newly promoted Premier League side are only prepared to pay a fraction of that sum.

Liverpool are preparing a bid for German international Benedikt Howedes with Brendan Rodgers believed to have identified the versatile 24-year-old as the ideal candidate to shore up the Anfield side’s defense.

Caught Offside reports that Rodgers is concerned with his options at the back, after Danish international Daniel Agger suffered a spate of injuries last season and Jamie Carragher nearing retirement age.

Howedes is part of the Schalke side that finished third in the Bundesliga last season, and is currently away with Joachim Loew’s Germany at Euro 2012.

Bayern Munich are also reportedly interested in the player who joined the Veltins-Arena side aged just 13 years old.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on June 19, 2012, on page 14.




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