Spurs lead six-club chase for Wes Brown
Published 23:00 12/01/11 By David Maddock
Spurs head a six-strong list of clubs who have made enquiries about Wes Brown.
The Manchester United defender will be made available in the current transfer window, and Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp is keen on bringing the England international’s experience to White Hart Lane.
Redknapp has already made an enquiry about Everton defender Phil Neville, but after getting a firm no from Goodison, he has switched his sights to Brown in the search for an old head to help guide his young squad.
Brown, now 32, has started just five games this season - and two of those were in the Carling Cup - after falling out of favour with boss Sir Alex Ferguson in pre-season, and it seems his Old Trafford days are numbered.
Incredibly, Brown's only Premier League start came in November against Wolves, and a disastrous appearance in United’s only defeat so far this season, at West Ham in the Carling Cup, appears to have sealed his fate.
Tottenham have made an enquiry about a permanent deal of around £2million, but they are not alone in the pursuit of the top-class defender, who can play either centre-half or right-back.
Everton, Sunderland, Newcastle, Birmingham and Blackburn have all shown an interest in either a permanent deal or a loan agreement until the end of the season.
Ferguson will let the player go if he thinks the deal is right for United, and the player himself wants games at this stage of his career.
While Brown is on his way out, a United player on the way back was told by doctors yesterday he must wait another month for a first-team return.
Antonio Valencia was due back at the end of this month after breaking and dislocating his ankle against Rangers last September.
But now he is targeting a comeback at the end of February at the earliest, which means he will miss the Champions League showdown with Monaco.
Boss Ferguson confirmed: “He’s making the progress exactly the way we thought and predicted. It’s looking like the end of February or beginning of March.
“It’s always difficult when you talk about long-term injuries. It could be a week either way. He should be back training in five to six weeks times, but given the extent of the injury we’ll give him more time to get into the full flow of things.”