There are reports in the morning newspapers that Harry Redknapp is all set to make a £2M bid for top Newcastle reserve goalkeeper Steve Harper, according to The Northern Echo.
Steve Harper – a great goalkeeper for Newcastle United
After watching his injury concerns grow yesterday when Spurs, with all their stars could still only manage a 1-1 draw against Portsmouth at home, the Tottenham boss is looking to bid for Harper, probably the best back-up goalkeeper to the best goalkeeper (Given) in the English Premier League.
We have nothing but good words to stay about local boy Steve Harper, now 33 years old, who has been at the club since 1993 and made over 100 appearances for the team, and last season looked a top Premier league goalkeeper when he got a good run in the side because of Shay’s groin operation.
Redknapp is thought to have identified the Easington-born stopper as the ideal candidate to bolster his options, and £2M would be a terrific buy for the Tottenham club, because Steve’s better and much safer than their current goalkeeper, Brazilian Gomez.
Harry said today:
‘‘It’s an area I’m looking at,’’ ‘‘I’m looking for someone who is good enough for the first team when you need him.”
‘‘If I had confidence in the Spanish goalkeeper, I would have played him.’’
Hearing that would you like to be the Spanish goalkeeper, Cesar Sanchez, who Spurs bought from Spanish side Real Zaragoza in August?
But it could be a good move for Harper, and it will be up to Steve himself to make the decision, because he’s much better than being a back-up all his career to Shay Given, and the Spurs fans would take to him very easily, because he’s a great lad, a good goalkeeper and one terrific professional.
And of course he still hadn’t signed a new contract at the club and will be a free agent in the summer, and because we have two top class 20 year old youngsters in Tim Krul and Fraser Forster at Newcastle, and with Shay fully fit again, we wouldn’t really need to buy a back up goalkeeper in January.
Bottom line is that it will be up to Steve, and he may again elect to stay at his home town club, but for his own playing career we think he could do just great at White Hart Lane, where he could definitely become their number one.
He’s probably the best goalkeeper for that price anywhere, and Harry is well aware of just how good he is, as at the end of last season he was one of Newcastle’s best players in the run-in under Kevin Keegan.