Tottenham step up interest in Marseille duo

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Tottenham are preparing to launch bids for Marsielle duo Loic Remy and Stephane Mbia in the summer, according to reports in the Daily Mirror.


Redknapp has repeatedly stated his interest in bringing Remy to White Hart Lane during the January transfer window, and reportedly had an offer in the region of £18 million turned down before the window snapped shut.


The French international has remained coy over his future but Marseille’s indifferent form this season means the Ligue 1 outfit may be forced to sell off their key assets amid interest from other European clubs.


Redknapp has been to see Remy play for Marseille this season, and the Mirror reports the Spurs boss has also been running the rule over his team-mate, Mbia.


The Cameroonian international, who can operate either at centre-back or as a defensive midfielder, is highly rated by his club and will likely command a hefty fee should Spurs come calling at the end of the season.


Redknapp has been scouting extensively in France this season and has already declared his interest in bringing Lille’s Eden Hazard to White Hart Lane, while unsubstantiated newspaper reports have linked him with a move for Montpellier’s Olivier Giroud.


Speaking to French newspaper L’Equipe Redknapp expressed his ‘love’ of Remy in particular, while also extolling the virtues of Hazard.


“Yes, we hoped to get him, we tried. I like Remy. But he was not for sale. We love him, he is a very good player,” he said.


He added of Hazard: “Our owner is willing to pay for a talent as exceptional as Eden Hazard. I saw him several times in Marseille recently. I also saw him in the final of the Coupe de France last year. But I know that Manchester Untied are keen on him and so are Manchester City. It will be hard to get him, but I like him.”

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