Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Ledley King of Tottenham is set to delay retirement for one season
Ledley King is set to delay retirement by another year at Tottenham but Sebastien Bassong and Jonathan Woodgate are heading for the White Hart Lane exit door.
Spurs are ready to overhaul their central defence this summer as they attempt to reduce the wage bill after missing out on qualification for next season’s Champions League.
Goal.com understands that Bassong could even be prepared to hand in a transfer request to engineer his exit from the club after falling out of favour with manager Harry Redknapp.
He held talks with the Spurs manager last week about his future and another meeting is scheduled with chairman Daniel Levy on Wednesday.
Sources have told Goal.com that Woodgate will be told to find another club unless Redknapp can persuade Levy when the pair sit down later this week that there is a strong case for the injury-plagued centre-half to be handed a new contract.
However, club captain King, who made an outstanding return to the team in Sunday’s 2-0 win at Liverpool following seven months on the sidelines, is poised to see out the final year of his contract.
There were fears within White Hart Lane that the England international might have to hang up his boots as he struggled to recover from a groin injury on top of his long-term knee problems. King has made only eight appearances this season.