EXCLUSIVE: Rodallega may play Spurs and then join them
Published 23:30 30/01/12 By Alan Nixon
Hugo Rodallega will face Tottenham on Tuesday night - and could end up signing for them after the game!
Spurs are ready to make a deadline-day swoop for Wigan's Colombian striker, who is available as he will be out of contract at the end of the season and is refusing to sign a new deal.
And Harry Redknapp is looking to pull off one of the most remarkable moves of the window - if he is given the all-clear by chairman Daniel Levy.
Tottenham emerged as late bidders for Rodallega after QPR had a £4million bid snubbed because they are one of Wigan's relegation-battle rivals.
Fulham have also shown an interest in the 26-year-old, who is a wanted man despite a poor scoring record of just two in 20 appearances in what has been another difficult season with the Latics.
Spurs are hoping to find a buyer for their reserve striker Roman Pavlyuchenko on deadline day and have ear-marked Rodallega as the Russian's replacement.
The Colombian is looking for a bumper contract, so Spurs would have to agree personal terms quickly during the day too, although they are aware of the cost of the package.
Wigan boss Roberto Martinez faces a late call on whether to play Rodallega on Tuesday when there so much interest in him.
But he may yet play in the game for Wigan, go up the tunnel and emerge at the other end as a Tottenham player.
Spurs have scoured the global market for a striker to take Pavlyuchenko's place in the event of his leaving, and could end up finding one under their own nose at White Hart Lane.