Belfast Telegraph

Friday 31 October 2014

Redknapp keen to keep Kranjcar

Niko Kranjcar

Tottenham have received an offer from Werder Bremen for Niko Kranjcar but manager Harry Redknapp wants the Croatian to stay at White Hart Lane.

Kranjcar has had limited first-team opportunities this year and his future at the club was thrown into further doubt with the signing of Steven Pienaar from Everton. Redknapp revealed last week that Kranjcar had his heart set on leaving the club and revealed on Friday that Bremen had lodged a bid for the 26-year-old.

"There is a German club (Bremen) that have come in for him. They have offered good money for him but I'm not keen to lose Niko," Redknapp said. "He is a good player, a fantastic player. I don't think he wants to go to Germany and play."

He added: "I don't think he feels that's an option for him. If that's the case then he will stay here and that's great for us as well."

Redknapp denied that Everton, who have been linked with the midfielder, have also made a bid.

With his team fighting for honours on three fronts this season, Redknapp hopes the man he signed from Portsmouth in 2009 will play a key role in the remainder of the campaign.

Redknapp added: "We have a lot of games coming up. We are going to need a squad.

"There's talk that the Sunderland game that we have coming up could be an evening kick-off on a Saturday and then Tuesday we play AC Milan away, then we have them at home.

"These games are going to be coming thick and fast. We have a rearranged game with Blackpool to play on a Wednesday night. It's going to be Saturday, midweek, Saturday, midweek. Niko is going to be an important player for us."

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