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Redknapp close to agreeing one-year deal at Birmingham

Redknapp celebrates keeping Birmingham in the Championship. Credit: PA

Harry Redknapp is close to agreeing a new one-year contract extension with Championship side Birmingham City, according to reports.

Harry Redknapp is close to agreeing a new one-year contract to stay on as Birmingham manager.

The 70-year-old has been in talks with the club and a deal could be finalised by the end of the week.

He spent Tuesday afternoon in discussions with owners Trillion Trophy Asia, having also met representatives on Sunday, and, unless there is a late hitch in negotiations, the ex-Tottenham manager is expected to stay.

Redknapp made no secret he would be open to becoming permanent manager, although needed assurances on the club's ambition and transfer budget.

Redknapp was appointed last month for the final three games of the season after Gianfranco Zola quit and kept the club in the Sky Bet Championship on the final day.

Sunday's 1-0 win at Bristol City ensured survival as Blues finished 19th, two points above the relegation zone, with Blackburn dropping into League One.

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Former Spurs manager keen on taking over at Swansea

Harry Redknapp admits he would be interested in taking over at Swansea after the Premier League strugglers dismissed manager Bob Bradley.

Redknapp is interesting in taking over at Swansea. Credit: PA

The former Spurs boss, who failed to keep QPR in the top flight in similar circumstances four years ago, hasn't worked in the top flight since quitting QPR when faced with another relegation battle in 2015.

Swansea have opted for another change in strategy less than three months after appointing American Bob Bradley as a replacement for Francesco Guidolin.

Four defeats in their last five matches have left the Swans four points adrift of safety in the Premier League table.

Redknapp's last assignment in football management was a bizarre two-game spell in charge of Jordan during the country's World Cup 2018 qualifying campaign.

Speaking to talkSPORT about the prospect of taking over at the Liberty Stadium, Redknapp said:

It sounds a challenge – a tough challenge but a good challenge, but a good challenge. It’s a good club. Where they have come from, what they have done.

It’s a tough job for someone but it’s not an impossible job. I still think they have a chance of staying up.

If the opportunity came up it would be one that would be interesting.

– Harry Redknapp speaking to talkSPORT

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Ex-West Ham and Spurs boss named Jordan manager

Harry Redknapp has been named manager of Jordan for their next two World Cup qualifying matches.

The 69-year-old former Tottenham and West Ham boss will take charge of the March 24 clash with Bangladesh and the March 29 contest with Australia.

Jordan currently trail Australia by two points in Group B in the second of three phases of Asian qualifying for the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia.

Harry Redknapp will be in charge for two games. Credit: PA

Prince Ali Al Hussein, Jordan Football Association president and former Fifa presidential candidate, said: "I'm very proud to be able to announce Harry's appointment to our national side.

"He is a world class manager with an internationally recognised record at the highest level.

"This is a fantastic step for the national game in Jordan. There are some important fixtures coming up for football in this country and we are confident Harry is the man to help us succeed in qualifying and take us to the next level."

China is 'the place to go' says former Spurs manager

Would Redknapp take a job in China? Credit: PA

The vast sums of money being spent in the Chinese Super League hasn't gone unnoticed by Harry Redknapp.

After Jiangsu Suning secured the £25m signing of Ramires from Chelsea last week, they again smashed the Asian transfer record yesterday by securing a £38.4m deal for Liverpool target Alex Teixeira.

And Redknapp believes the enormous amount of money on offer to players in China makes it the ideal place for a footballer to move.

Posting on his Twitter account this afternoon, he said: "Another one off to China then, seems to be the place to go. Stacks of money there for players so no surprise they are all going."

Perhaps we'll see the likes of Shandong Luneng Taishan or Chengdu Tiancheng persuading Redknapp to make take his managerial expertise across to the far east.

Redknapp tips Man United for title if they sign Gareth Bale

Man United can still win the Premier League title this season if they sign Gareth Bale, according to Harry Redknapp.

Redknapp is a big Gareth Bale fan. Credit: Reuters

Bale bagged a hat-trick on Zinedine Zidane's first match as Real Madrid manager on Saturday, with little chance of the Spanish giants allowing him to leave the club this month.

The Wales international played under Redknapp at Spurs where he struggled to impress him as a youngster, and seemed destined to leave before finally breaking into the team.

Redknapp, who has been out of work since leaving QPR in the Premier League relegation zone back in January 2015, told BBC Radio Five Live:

Gareth Bale is in the top four or five players in the world. He is an amazing talent. If Manchester United took him they could come close to winning the title this year. He can make that much difference.

Bale is a match-winner. He scores goals and he can make goals. He could go and get them 16 goals or 17 goals from now until the end of the season if he went on a run and he could turn the club around. He would be an incredible signing.

– Harry Redknapp speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live
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