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Redknapp keen on ex-Gunner Vieira

Patrick Vieira
Vieira has been on a pre-season tour of America with Inter Milan

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp says he would have no problem in bringing former Arsenal midfielder Patrick Vieira to White Hart Lane.

Vieira, 33, played more than 400 games for Arsenal, but is said to be eager to join the Gunners' bitter rivals.

And Redknapp, speaking after Spurs 1-1 friendly draw with Barcelona at Wembley on Friday, said: "I'm still interested in Patrick and he wants to play here.

"He hasn't killed anyone, he's just a great player who played for Arsenal."

Vieira won three Premier League titles and four FA Cups in nine seasons with the Gunners and scored the winning penalty in the 2005 FA Cup final shoot-out against Manchester United with his final kick in an Arsenal shirt.

The Frenchman moved to Juventus in the summer of 2005 for £13.7m, before switching to Inter where he has won the last two Serie A titles.


Vieria has also been linked with moves to Olympique Lyonnais and Paris St Germain, and Premier League new boys Birmingham in recent weeks as he seeks more regular first-team action.

Spurs held European champions Barcelona to a draw in the inaugural Wembley Cup with Jake Livermore equalising after Bojan Krkic's opener.

The Spanish side fielded a reserve team, while Redknapp took the chance to experiment at the heart of the Spurs defence with specialist centre-backs Ledley King, Michael Dawson and Jonathan Woodgate all out injured.

Vedran Corluka, Tom Huddlestone, Pascal Chimbonda and Dorian Dervite all took turns at centre-back at Wembley.

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