The Rio Ferdinand story may have been dismissed by most Spurs fans based on the likelihood that it was never going to happen. However, it may have given us an insight into the type of player that Harry Redknapp will be looking to bring in to White Hart Lane this summer.
During the transfer window, Spurs were linked with some ageing and in some cases unfashionable players. Phil Neville, Charlie Adam and Wes Brown were three names linked with the club and there was certainly some substance behind the Neville and Adam stories.
Harry said: “I’ve said many times to the chairman, it’s not always about the best players, it’s about getting characters in your football club.
“Chelsea have had it over the years, whether it’s John Terry or Frank and Man United have had it with Giggs, Ferdinand and Vidic.
“William has come in and given us experience and we’ve got Michael at the back, but in the long term I still feel that you need to find another one or two if you’re going to keep progressing, that type of real character, who has opinions and that will to win around the dressing room – a few leaders. You can’t have too many at your club. That’s why I tried to take Phil Neville from Everton in January.”
So do Spurs need to bring some experienced heads in, or are we better off keeping to our recent transfer policy of buying young players like Gareth Bale and Luka Modric, who can blossom into major stars?