Out-of-favour Tottenham midfielder Niko Kranjcar has been given the green light to look for a new club after Harry Redknapp could not guarantee the Croatian international regular first-team football.
That will have alerted the attention of long-term admirers Liverpool who will step up the chase to land Kranjcar, for as little as £3million if they fail in their pursuit of want-away Blackpool midfielder Charlie Adam.
The recent arrival of Steven Pienaar at White Hart Lane has all but sealed the fate of the 26-year-old midfielder, who is said to be interested in a move north to Anfield.
“It’s difficult, Niko would like to move,” said Redknapp. “I had a chat with him and he wants to play, and he doesn’t like playing on the right [of midfield].
“He’s not happy there, it doesn’t suit him. He wants to play off the left and Gareth [Bale] has been playing there, and has been fantastic – and he understands that.
“If he didn’t find a good club here – a top club, one of the bigger clubs in the Premier League – I think he’d look to go abroad somewhere, like Spain, to play.”
Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish is keen to put his own stamp on the team he has inherited from the outgoing Roy Hodgson, and will be keen to land someone with international pedigree that will please the Anfield faithful.
“He’s well regarded around the world. He’s a great international player, he plays on the world stage and people know what a good player he is. He could play at a top team anywhere really,” concluded Redknapp.