Spurs boss Redknapp insists Boro battle over Downing is in the past
04 March 2009 09:09
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Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp insists there is no bad blood with Middlesbrough after an approach for Stewart Downing during the January transfer window.
Boro were upset by the manner of Spurs' approach for the England winger, who stayed at the Riverside but could still move at the end of the season.
Downing has played a key role in Boro going four matches unbeaten heading into tonight's Barclays Premier League clash at White Hart Lane, with both sides looking for points to ease fears of relegation.
Redknapp does not feel there is any bad feeling lingering between the two teams over the 24-year-old.
'The club made an offer for Stewart Downing. They turned it down and it is up to them to turn the offer down,' Redknapp said.
Redknapp is naturally wary of the threat Downing will pose on Boro's left flank, with Spurs still in the thick of relegation trouble after missing a week of League action to play in the Carling Cup final at Wembley.
'He is a good player and that is why I was interested in him,' Redknapp said. 'He played wide left on Saturday against Liverpool. They played Martin Skrtel at right-back, where he had never played before. He got a chasing.'
Redknapp has a tough decision choosing between goalkeepers Heurelho Gomes and Carlo Cudicini for the Boro clash.
Cudicini was cup-tied at the weekend and is back from a knee injury - but Gomes did not make a mistake at Wembley.
'They've both done well and I've been pleased with both of them,' Redknapp said. 'It will be a tough call but a good decision to make because I have two good goalkeepers in good form.'
Ledley King will rest his knee, Jonathan Woodgate will need a late check on his Achilles problem and Roman Pavlyuchenko has picked up a groin strain.