Pletikosa desperate for Tottenham deal after holding talks with Redknapp

16 December 2009 07:46
Hands up if you fancy playing for Spurs: Pletikosa

Croatia goalkeeper Stipe Pletikosa expects to seal a long-awaited move to Tottenham Hotspur.

The 30-year-old was set to sign from Spartak Moscow in the summer only to suffer a knee ligament injury on the eve of transfer deadline day.

However, Spurs checked out his condition on Tuesday at their Chigwell training ground and Pletikosa revealed he held talks with Harry Redknapp about reviving a move in the summer.

'I'm going back to Croatia much happier than I arrived,' he said. 'I was glad to get to know Tottenham, to visit their training ground, talk to Redknapp and his team, as well as the stars of Spurs.

'I came here with my agent at the request of Tottenham. I warned them that I can't play at full force until mid-February.

'They wanted to check the condition of my knee after the operation and are seriously thinking about signing me in June.

CLICK HERE FOR THE MIDWEEK TEAM NEWS IN THE BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE'I was encouraged by their confidence and it will be extra motivation to work hard so that, finally, in the summer I can play in the Premier League.'

His compatriots Luka Modric, Niko Kranjcar and Vedran Corluka are already at White Hart Lane and Pletikosa revealed Redknapp's admiration for players from Croatia.

  'We talked together for about half an hour - long enough to feel respect and the desire to work together in the future,' he said.

'I noticed how much he likes Croatian players. He talked with great respect about Bilic, Stimac, Suker, Prosinecki, Kranjcar, Modric, Corluka. Of course, his experience is based on working with them.'

Redknapp handed a trial to Real Sociedad goalkeeper Asier Riesgo last month and could sign the Spaniard on loan till the end of the season before going for Pletikosa in the summer. 

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