Redknapp wanted by Leicester's millionaire Thai boss to deliver Premier League football
22:22 GMT, 29 September 2012
Harry Redknapp is to be offered the chance of an intriguing return to football with ambitious Championship club Leicester City.
Leicester's wealthy Thai owner Vichai
Raksriaksorn wants the former Tottenham boss to replace Nigel Pearson
after becoming frustrated at the way his 60million investment has
failed to deliver Premier League football.
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Raksriaksorn has outspent his rivals since taking over in 2010 but the club have twice missed out on promotion, first under ex-England boss Sven Goran Eriksson and then Pearson.
Eriksson splashed out on big-earners Jermaine Beckford, David Nugent, Kasper Schmeichel, Darius Vassell and Paul Konchesky but was sacked after finishing 10th.
His successor, Pearson, was just one position higher last season and his side secured their first away points of the season with a 2-1 victory at Middlesbrough on Saturday.
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City's owners believe Redknapp has the profile, charisma and man-management skills to take the team up immediately and are prepared to back him with a Premier League-style salary and funds for new players.
The popular 65-year-old has been out of full-time work since June, when he sacked by Spurs. Earlier in the year, he was beaten by Roy Hodgson for the England job after being the red-hot favourite.
Redknapp, who contacted under-fire Ipswich boss Paul Jewell last week to rule out succeeding him despite being linked with the job, is now a TV pundit and consultant for League One Bournemouth.
But he wants a manager's job and may be tempted by Leicester, who have the financial clout to match their ambition.