Sunday 25 February 2018

Redknapp joins the race to capture Friedel's signature

John Curtis

Liverpool are facing competition from Tottenham in the bid to sign Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Friedel. Friedel has emerged as a target for Spurs manager Harry Redknapp, who is looking for a new goalkeeper to replace the erratic Heurelho Gomes.

It is a difficult decision for the 39-year-old Friedel, who is now out of contract at Villa although they are also keen to retain his services.

Friedel is only likely to be offered a one-year deal by Redknapp, but there is the lure of being first-choice 'keeper. He is keen to add to his all-time record of 275 successive appearances in the Premier League.

Liverpool are offering a two-year contract and a coaching role but Friedel will only be number two to Pepe Reina. West Brom are also interested but they are well down the pecking order.

Meanwhile, Villa winger and player of the year Stewart Downing is refusing to commit to a new contract with the midlands club. Caretaker boss Gary McAllister intimated that Villa would be opening talks with Downing over signing an improved and extended deal.

But Downing, who has two years remaining of his current contract, has indicated that will not be happening in the foreseeable future.

Irish Independent

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