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Appiah in Redknapp's sights

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Ghana midfielder Stephen Appiah is in the frame to become Harry Redknapp's first signing of the transfer window, after training with Tottenham.

Appiah, who has been a free agent since the summer following a dispute with Turkish side Fenerbahce, looks set to be offered a deal until the end of the season.

The 28-year-old has suffered knee injuries in the past, but Redknapp is confident that will not be a problem and is hoping to arrange a deal.

"I watched him an awful lot for Ghana - about six times - but I ended up taking Sulley Muntari because Juventus were asking £14million for Appiah," said Redknapp.

"Appiah was the captain of Ghana. He played in midfield with (Michael) Essien and Muntari - that was their midfield.

"He was a terrific player but had a bit of a problem with his knee - and he went to Turkey. But he is fine now; he's fit and looks okay.

"He is going to have a week's training. We will have a chat with him; Daniel (Levy, Spurs chairman) will speak to his people and see what the deal is. He is a good player - if he is fit he's a terrific player."

Redknapp desperately wants to bolster his numbers for the second half of the season, with talks ongoing for Portsmouth's Jermain Defoe.

Spurs have also put in a bid for Middlesbrough's Stewart Downing, who like Defoe also wants to leave his club.

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