After submitting a transfer request to Chelsea, Nicolas Anelka looks set for a lucrative move to Shanghai Shenhua in a deal that would make him one of the best paid players on the planet. But Harry Redknapp has signalled that he would be interested in bringing the out-of-favour Chelsea forward to White Hart Lane if he opts against the move to China. The Spurs boss seems to have hinted that he could move for a striker should Roman Pavlyuchenko leave the club in January and has admitted he admires Anelka as a player. Most people would have to admit that Pav out and Anelka in during the upcoming transfer window would be a tremendous piece of wheeling and dealing football management.
Tottenham are flying high at the minute and might even fancy their chances of sneaking into second place at a time when Manchester United seem to be struggling. Yes Sir Alex, you are struggling. But if Harry and Spurs truly have aspirations of remaining in the top four, they have to strengthen while they are in a position of strength. They are competing with Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool for those coveted Champions League places and would be at risk of falling behind if they fail to strengthen in the January window. And adding Anelka to the striking options would certainly be strengthening.
The Frenchman has never looked truly at home in a Chelsea shirt, but has been far from a failure at Stamford Bridge. He was top scorer for the Blues in the 08-09 season and although he is 32-years-old, he still has a lot to offer. He has plenty of Premier League experience and you’d back him to take the goalscoring burden away from Emmanuel Adebayor and Rafael Van der Vaart, even if he is deployed as a wide man. Arsenal ought to be considering bringing him back to the club as an injury to Robin Van Persie could seriously derail their campaign.
However, with a reported €10.6million a season on offer in China, it could prove tricky to tempt Anelka to remain in the Premier League. Daniel Levy might find he not only has to move Roman Pavlyuchenko but also heaven and earth in order to bring Nico to the Lane. It would be a shame if he opts for a pay day move at this stage in his career because he still has a lot to offer. He still has it in his locker to perform at the very top level and his experience and goalscoring ability would make him a a great signing for any Premier League club.