Man United can still win the Premier League title this season if they sign Gareth Bale, according to Harry Redknapp.
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.
NK Olimpija Ljubljana have decided against trying to bring in Harry Redknapp as manager because president Milan Mandaric believes it would be too much of a risk.
The Slovenian league leaders were taken over by the former Portsmouth, Leicester and Sheffield Wednesday owner in the summer and have been without a head coach since Marijan Pusnik's December exit.
"We cannot afford the slightest error because there is too much at stake," Mandaric said via the club's official website.
"We need someone for whom the Slovenian football environment is not foreign.
"It would therefore be pointless at this stage to engage experts from Western Europe.
"I know that it has recently been written and spoken about the arrival of my good friend and former colleague at Portsmouth, Harry Redknapp.
"I can assure you that (it will not be him) because we cannot afford too many risks."
Slovenian league leaders NK Olimpija Ljubljana are trying to tempt Harry Redknapp to become their next head coach - a move made slightly less shocking by the fact Milan Mandaric is owner.
The Slovenian PrvaLiga club were taken over by the former Portsmouth, Leicester and Sheffield Wednesday owner in the summer and have been without a manager since Marijan Pusnik departed a fortnight ago.
Redknapp, without a job since leaving QPR in January, is one of the surprise contenders to take the Olimpija hotseat thanks to the relationship struck up with Mandaric during their time at Fratton Park.
Olimpija director Ranko Stojic hopes to have a new manager in place in the coming days and admits there is a chance the 68-year-old could coach at the Stozice Stadium.
"In your newspapers you have already mentioned that Olimpija could get Harry Redknapp, and there are some possibilities for this scenario to really materialise," he told Slovenian newspaper Ekipa.
"Of course, there is no need to say that this is mainly due to the relationship that he has with our president - their relationship is our greatest asset.
"Redknapp also has an offer from the Arab world, but if he doesn't go there he might come to us."
Former Tottenham and Real Madrid boss Juande Ramos has also been linked with the Olimpija post, along with ex-Fulham manager Felix Magath, Ciro Ferrara, Raddy Antic and Christoph Daum.
Harry Redknapp has backed Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink to reach the Championship play-offs after he became QPR's new manager today.
Redknapp guided the Super Hoops into the play-offs in 2014 when a dramatic Wembley winner from Bobby Zamora sealed promotion to the Premier League.
But QPR were relegated the following season, with Redknapp deserting them midway through the campaign after he was frustrated in the January transfer window.
Wish Jimmy all the best. QPR’s a good club with good owners. They can still make the play-offs, Charlie’s very important.
Posting on his Twitter account earlier this afternoon, Redknapp said:
"Wish Jimmy all the best. QPR’s a good club with good owners. They can still make the play-offs, Charlie’s [Austin] very important."
Hassebaink takes over from Chris Ramsey, who replaced Redknapp last season but couldn't avoid relegation, and was dismissed last month after a poor run of results in the Championship.
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