I tried to sign Rio Ferdinand, reveals Harry Redknapp

Tottenham Hotspur manager reveals he tried to sign Manchester United centre-half last summer

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Harry Redknapp tried to tempt Rio Ferdinand away from Old Trafford last summer

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Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp has revealed he made an unsuccessful attempt to sign Rio Ferdinand last summer.

Redknapp is a keen admirer of the 32-year-old Manchester United centre-half, and the Spurs boss tried to bring the experienced England international to White Hart Lane last year.

However, following that unsuccessful attempt, the 64-year-old manager now believes Ferdinand will stay at Old Trafford.

“I can’t ever see us getting Rio now. I was interested. Last year, I tried. I tried at the start of the season,” Redknapp told The Observer.

“When he was on the team-sheet against Chelsea in the Champions League, I thought Man United had got a much, much better chance of getting a result and it proved that way.”

Redknapp admits he is keeping an eye out for “big characters” to add to his squad as he begins to look towards strengthening his side in the summer.

“I’ve said many times to the chairman, it’s not always about the best players, it’s about getting characters in your football club,” he said.

“Chelsea have had it over the years, whether it’s John Terry or Frank [Lampard], and Man United have had it with [Ryan] Giggs, Ferdinand and [Nemanja] Vidic.

“William [Gallas] has come in and given us experience and we’ve got Michael [Dawson] at the back but in the long term I still feel that you need to find another one or two if you’re going to keep progressing, that type of real character, who has opinions and that will to win around the dressing room – a few leaders.

“You can’t have too many at your club. That’s why I tried to take Phil Neville from Everton in January.”

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