Harry Redknapp has stated that John Terry would have won Manchester City the league if they had signed him in January.
Terry publicly revealed on January 31 that he will not be re-signing with Chelsea beyond this season, and Redknapp believes City should have seized the initiative on transfer deadline day.
The Chelsea captain was subject to a £29 million transfer bid from City in 2009 and Redknapp is no doubt that the latter should have resumed their interest last month.
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Speaking to BT Sport, the 68-year-old said: “If I had been at Man City, I'd have got on the phone on deadline day and tried to take him now. I'd have said, 'If you ain't giving him another contract, we'll take him.'
"He could have won the league for Man City. They wouldn't have got smashed up like they did by Leicester. He'd have marked Robert Huth better from set plays than whoever did on Saturday."
Last weekend City suffered a major blow to their title hopes with a 3-1 home defeat to table-toppers Leicester City. Leicester centre-back Huth scored two crucial goals, twice evading the attentions of City defender Martin Demichelis.
Chelsea have not stated that they won’t offer Terry a contract extension, however, by going public, the defender may have settled the matter already.
Terry has previously insisted that after over two decades at Stamford Bridge, he could not play for another Premier League club but Redknapp believes a move to West Ham United could be beneficial.
"West Ham would be a good move for West Ham and John," said the former Hammers' manager. "He was at West Ham as a schoolboy."
Prior to signing for Chelsea aged 14, Terry was on the Hammers’ books as a centre-midfielder and Redknapp is hopeful that the defender’s east London roots could prove significant.
West Ham are currently above Chelsea in sixth place, with the lure of playing in the Olympic Stadium to come next season.
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