Tottenham Hotspur have not yet given up hope of signing Everton’s Phil Neville and are poised for further talks as they look to push through a deal before the transfer window slams shut.
Harry Redknapp declared an interest in the 34-year-old defender earlier in the month, only for Everton and David Moyes to categorically rule out any chance of their club captain being sold.
The two clubs have already done business on a deal which saw Steven Pienaar move from Goodison Park to White Hart Lane for a modest fee of £2.5million.
Moyes was reluctant to let him go, but with his contract up at the end of the season and the player signalling he would not be signing an extension, his hand was forced - to Tottenham’s benefit.
Having said that, Neville’s future bears no real relevance on the previous deal, but the Daily Mirror reports that at such a late stage in his career, the Bury-born star would consider quitting Everton in favour of Champions League football with Spurs.
Redknapp is keen to land Neville for his defensive abilities as well as his leadership – something the Tottenham boss admits is in short supply in his dressing room.
The former Manchester United man has achieved a lot as a player. In addition to six league titles he has also won the FA Cup three times and lifted the European Cup.
Neville also has 59 England caps to his name, and despite enjoying relative success with Everton and David Moyes he may see Tottenham as an ideal place to bring down the curtain on a glistening career.