Tottenham made £35m bid for Giuseppe Rossi

Harry Redknapp has warned Tottenham's rivals he expects to be in the market for a marquee signing again this summer after confirming the club had made a £35million bid for Giuseppe Rossi on transfer deadline day.

Redknapp spent most of Monday at the club's training ground hoping to land a big name and had targeted Villarreal's Rossi and Atletico Madrid forward Sergio Aguero, for whom Tottenham reportedly offered £38.5million.

Had either bid been successful, Tottenham's transfer record of £16.5million which they paid for Luka Modric, would have been smashed.

Redknapp insists Tottenham were serious about paying such high fees and expects chairman Daniel Levy and owner Joe Lewis to fund a similar purchase if he deems it necessary when the transfer window reopens.

He said: "Daniel always said that if we found the right player then we would have gone for him but it was difficult.

"He tried something with Rossi. I think he offered £35million in the end.

"It's hard to get top players unless you pay top money.

"You couldn't get Rossi because Villarreal don't want to sell you him.

"The chairman would have bought someone for £30million though, for sure. He wanted to bring someone in.

"There was no doubt that he wanted to do it. He wanted to get somebody in and if Daniel and Joe Lewis can find the right people they will have a go again."

Redknapp also failed in bids to land Everton defender Phil Neville and Blackpool's Charlie Adam.

In contrast to their mega-bucks approaches for Rossi and Aguero, Spurs are thought to have initially offered just £250,000 for Toffees captain Neville before upping their bid to £1.5million yesterday.

David Moyes slammed Tottenham's original bid, describing it as "insulting" and Redknapp understands the Everton manager's disappointment.

"It was a pretty low offer for a good player. I couldn't argue with David on it," Redknapp said.

"He would have been a great signing for us. He is a leader, a captain, a character and he can play in three or four positions."

Redknapp revealed ahead of tonight's game at Blackburn his defensive crisis had deepened with the news that Ledley King requires an operation on his groin injury.

With William Gallas a doubt with a hip problem, and Younes Kaboul (knee) and Michael Dawson (suspension) definitely out, Redknapp could give Jonathan Woodgate his first start after 14 months on the sidelines with a groin injury.

Redknapp feared at one stage that injury-plagued Woodgate's career was over but he has now challenged the former Real Madrid man to get back to the kind of form that saw him become an England regular and earn a contract extension.

Redknapp added: "I definitely thought his career was over.

"Two weeks ago we were talking about loaning him out for the rest of the season and his contract is up at the end of the year so really.

"Now he can play for his future. If he comes back then you are going to want to keep him."



Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Life and Style
Powdered colors are displayed for sale at a market ahead of the Holi festival in Bhopal, India
techHere's what you need to know about the riotous occasion
Arts and Entertainment
Larry David and Rosie Perez in ‘Fish in the Dark’
theatreReview: Had Fish in the Dark been penned by a civilian it would have barely got a reading, let alone £10m advance sales
News
Details of the self-cleaning coating were published last night in the journal Science
science
News
Approved Food sell products past their sell-by dates at discounted prices
i100
News
Life-changing: Simone de Beauvoir in 1947, two years before she wrote 'The Second Sex', credited as the starting point of second wave feminism
peopleHer seminal feminist polemic, The Second Sex, has been published in short-form to mark International Women's Day
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Homeless Veterans campaign: Donations hit record-breaking £1m target after £300,000 gift from Lloyds Bank

Homeless Veterans campaign

Donations hit record-breaking £1m target after huge gift from Lloyds Bank
Flight MH370 a year on: Lost without a trace – but the search goes on

Lost without a trace

But, a year on, the search continues for Flight MH370
Germany's spymasters left red-faced after thieves break into brand new secret service HQ and steal taps

Germany's spy HQ springs a leak

Thieves break into new €1.5bn complex... to steal taps
International Women's Day 2015: Celebrating the whirlwind wit of Simone de Beauvoir

Whirlwind wit of Simone de Beauvoir

Simone de Beauvoir's seminal feminist polemic, 'The Second Sex', has been published in short-form for International Women's Day
Mark Zuckerberg’s hiring policy might suit him – but it wouldn’t work for me

Mark Zuckerberg’s hiring policy might suit him – but it wouldn’t work for me

Why would I want to employ someone I’d be happy to have as my boss, asks Simon Kelner
Confessions of a planespotter: With three Britons under arrest in the UAE, the perils have never been more apparent

Confessions of a planespotter

With three Britons under arrest in the UAE, the perils have never been more apparent. Sam Masters explains the appeal
Russia's gulag museum 'makes no mention' of Stalin's atrocities

Russia's gulag museum

Ministry of Culture-run site 'makes no mention' of Stalin's atrocities
The big fresh food con: Alarming truth behind the chocolate muffin that won't decay

The big fresh food con

Joanna Blythman reveals the alarming truth behind the chocolate muffin that won't decay
Virginia Ironside was my landlady: What is it like to live with an agony aunt on call 24/7?

Virginia Ironside was my landlady

Tim Willis reveals what it's like to live with an agony aunt on call 24/7
Paris Fashion Week 2015: The wit and wisdom of Manish Arora's exercise in high camp

Paris Fashion Week 2015

The wit and wisdom of Manish Arora's exercise in high camp
8 best workout DVDs

8 best workout DVDs

If your 'New Year new you' regime hasn’t lasted beyond February, why not try working out from home?
Paul Scholes column: I don't believe Jonny Evans was spitting at Papiss Cissé. It was a reflex. But what the Newcastle striker did next was horrible

Paul Scholes column

I don't believe Evans was spitting at Cissé. It was a reflex. But what the Newcastle striker did next was horrible
Miguel Layun interview: From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

Miguel Layun is a star in Mexico where he was criticised for leaving to join Watford. But he says he sees the bigger picture
Frank Warren column: Amir Khan ready to meet winner of Floyd Mayweather v Manny Pacquiao

Khan ready to meet winner of Mayweather v Pacquiao

The Bolton fighter is unlikely to take on Kell Brook with two superstar opponents on the horizon, says Frank Warren
War with Isis: Iraq's government fights to win back Tikrit from militants - but then what?

Baghdad fights to win back Tikrit from Isis – but then what?

Patrick Cockburn reports from Kirkuk on a conflict which sectarianism has made intractable