Pleat on Les rumours
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David Pleat has admitted there was an approach from Italian outfit Brescia for Les Ferdinand — but insists we want him to stay at the Lane.
Ferdinand, now 34, can leave on a free transfer when his current contract expires at the end of the season.
He has indicated that he wants to stay at the club for the rest of his career but nevertheless, under the terms of the Bosman ruling, he can now talk to foreign clubs.
Brescia were linked to the ex-England hitman in a reported £3m move earlier this week and Ferdinand insisted that he wanted to keep his options open.
David revealed: “In this particular case an agent came to see me with a couple of officials of Brescia.
“It took me a little by surprise and they wanted to talk about Les and ask us how we viewed him between now and the end of the season.
“They have a relegation battle and ideally they would like to take him now.
“I don’t think the club has much money but that doesn’t matter to us at this stage - it is much more important that we have a fit Les playing well for our senior team.
“So the conversation was a reasonably short one but the Brescia people stated quite clearly that they liked Les and should he continue as a Bosman at the end of the season they would like to put their stake in the ground.
“Since that time Les has had a brief dialogue with them, as he’s entitled to do after January 1, and I think he knows at the end of the season that they would take him.
“We’ve made it very clear to Les that we want to keep him and that he is very much part of our plans.
“Obviously we are not looking for a three or four-year contract at Les’ age and it is better for us that he has stayed relatively injury free for us this season.
“If we could foresee the future and that was to be the case for the next two years I don’t think there would be any argument about it and that we would be looking at a two-year agreement as of now.
“We will be talking to Les and his agent and as I said to Les, even if they offered £6m now, it wouldn’t be something we’d be too happy to do, especially in view of Steffen Iversen being out, Chris Armstrong being out and Sergei Rebrov still adjusting.
“The partnership of Les and Rebrov is a promising partnership that has to be worked on.
“There is no deal at the moment but I would be very surprised if, come next season, Les is in Brescia colours. I can assure our supporters we want him to be playing at Tottenham.”