Harry Redknapp has joined the race to sign Junior Hoilett, according to Metro, with the Newcastle target refusing to sign a contract extension at Blackburn.

Hoillett has starred for Blackburn since moving to the side from Canada in 2007. He spent loan spells at Paderborn 07 and St. Pauli, before returning to Rovers permanently and making over 50 appearances for the side.


While Newcastle have reportedly been chasing the 21-year-old for some time, Tottenham are now said to be interested in Hoilett’s signature as well.

And with the starlet stalling on contract talks with Blackburn, both clubs are monitoring the situation closely in the hopes of making a bid next January.

Rovers have had a particularly disappointing start to the season, and are favourites to be relegated at the end of the season. While Newcastle tried to sign Hoilett last January, Steve Kean convinced the Canadian’s father and agent that he needed to stay at Blackburn to continue to develop his career.

And now that Tottenham are also interested, with Spurs able to offer Europa League football and the challenge of qualifying for the Champions League, Hoilett’s head will no doubt be turned.

With the youngster’s contract running out next summer, Blackburn will have trouble keeping Newcastle or Tottenham from signing Hoilett if he continues to refuse to sign an extension.

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