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Spurs cast eye over Appiah
06 Jan 2009 - 07:30:51
Tottenham Hotspur have taken Stephen Appiah on trial with a view to offering the Ghana midfielder a short-term deal until the end of the season.
Appiah is a free agent after leaving Fenerbahce earlier in the season following a dispute with the Turkish club over the treatment of a knee injury he had picked up.
The 28-year-old is currently training with Spurs and manager Harry Redknapp has admitted the former Juventus midfielder has previously registered on his radar.
"I watched him an awful lot for Ghana but I ended up taking Sulley Muntari because Juventus were asking £14million for Appiah," said Redknapp.
"Appiah was the captain of Ghana. He played in midfield with (Michael) Essien and Muntari.
"He was a terrific player but had a bit of a problem with his knee and he went to Turkey. But he is fine now. He's fit and looks okay.
"He is going to have a week's training. We will have a chat with him. (Chairman) Daniel (Levy) will speak to his people and see what the deal is.
"He is a good player - if he is fit he's a terrific player."
Meanwhile Redknapp has rubbished reports that he wants to raid former club Portsmouth to sign England goalkeeper David James.
Redknapp is currently locked in negotiations with his former employers over the possibility of signing striker Jermain Defoe, but veteran keeper James is not on the agenda.
"I've never been linked to David James," he added.
"The only contact we've had with Portsmouth is over Jermain Defoe. We asked if they were willing to sell him and they are, but at the right price.
"It had nothing to do with anyone else."