Redknapp denies Spurs have made move for 10m-rated Celtic winger Forrest
Tottenham Hotspur have backed off from an immediate move for Celtic star James Forrest – despite Harry Redknapp monitoring the 20-year-old winger, valued at a minimum of 10million by Celtic.
Redknapp, who sent his chief scout Ian Broomfield to see Forrest score the opener in Saturday’s 2-0 away win over St Mirren, insists that no deal is imminent, saying: ‘He’s a good player but we’ve not made any bids. ‘If we did, I would speak to Neil Lennon.
‘He’s a player we’ve had watched but he belongs to Celtic.
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‘At the moment, we’re not in the market to really do anything.
‘We’re looking at a few options but nothing definite.’
Celtic have also knocked back yet another Blackpool bid to buy enigmatic Northern Ireland winger Paddy McCourt – but Seasiders boss Ian Holloway may yet go back with a fourth offer in two years for the under-used playmaker.
Holloway made contact last week but Sportsmail understands that, despite Blackpool’s willingness to discuss a fee, they were told McCourt wouldn’t be available – on loan or for permanent transfer – during the January window.
Holloway, who took Rangers midfielder John Fleck south last week, is hoping that Celtic’s activity in the transfer market will create some wiggle room in this stance.
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McCourt has been pushed out of the picture this season, making just two starts for the top team, who have now opened up a four-point gap in the SPL over champions Rangers after weekend results.
Sources in Seville, meanwhile, have revealed that Celtic are in discussions with Real Betis over experienced striker Jorge Molina, described as an out-and-out centre-forward likely to adapt well to the game in Scotland.
Despite initial demands for 2m, the fact that Betis are in administration means the eventual asking price for the 29-year-old may be a good deal lower.
Celtic boss Neil Lennon has spoken of his desire to add a more direct striking option and Molina, squeezed out by the arrival of Roque Santa Cruz on loan from Manchester City this season, is considered an affordable and proven option.