Tottenham have been encouraged to bid for Junior Hoilett after Blackburn Rovers boss Steve Kean hinted the winger might not sign a new deal. Hoilett is currently in the last six months of his contract with Rovers, and the 21 year old is widely touted to be a future star in the Premier League.
Tottenham have been open about the fact that they are looking to sign new talent in the January transfer window, with Harry Redknapp claiming that he wants to build a squad capable of challenging for the Premier League title.
"It will be the team with the strongest squad who will win the league," he said.
"We have a strong squad, but in one or two positions we haven't got a lot of cover. It's a problem and the chairman and I have spoken about one or two players."
And now Blackburn manager Steve Kean has admitted that Hoilett can speak to other clubs this month, as the side continue to try and work out an arrangement for the starlet.
When asked if Hoilett would consider other offers, Kean replied: "Any player does when it gets down to six months.
"What we have to do is to continue to be open and honest with Junior and say 'we want you to stay'.
"If he would like to commit his future to the club we have always said from day one that we would like to get it tied up.
"He has probably taken the opportunity to look elsewhere. I don't know where he is on it. If we can get to a point where he wants to sign then great.
"If not, if there is a bid that comes in then we would obviously have to consider that, and the fact that he hadn't signed. But no bids have come in."
Kean revealed that the club regrets not having signed Hoilett for longer, who is said to be fielding interest from a number of sides besides Tottenham.
"A couple of years ago when we only signed him for two years we should have made that a longer contract," he explained.
"Everybody would say we should have pushed to make it longer because now when there's six months left it's tough for the club."
Tottenham have been linked with numerous players in preparation for the current transfer window, with stars spanning from David Beckham to Carlos Tevez being connected with the north London side.
Harry Redknapp is a manager who is a lot more willing than others to talk about players coming and going from his club, and this January will certainly be an interesting one for the Spurs manager, with his side looking in a better position than many years to challenge for a Champions League spot.