Redknapp expects Giovani to leave

Giovani Dos Santos Dos Santos could leave Spurs after three and a half years with the club

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp expects Giovani Dos Santos to leave the club during the January transfer window.

Giovani impressed during the 3-0 FA Cup win over Cheltenham, scoring once and creating the other two, but has played in only 10 first-team games this term.

“He’s looking to move, to be honest,” Redknapp said of the 22-year-old. “We had a big bid from Italy last summer but he wants to go back to Spain.

“He’s got talent, he just needs to work harder in training and get fitter.”

The skilful Mexico international forward, who can play up front or on the flank, joined Spurs for £4.7m in the summer of 2008 having come through the youth ranks at Barcelona, but failed to establish a place in the regular first-team line-up under Redknapp or previous boss Juande Ramos.

Born: Monterrey, Mexico

Date of Birth: 11/5/89

Barcelona: 37 games, 4 goals

Spurs: 30 games, 3 goals

He was loaned to Championship side Ipswich in March 2009, scoring four goals in eight appearances, and has also had loan spells in Turkey with Galatasaray in January 2010 and in Spain’s La Liga at Racing Santander in January 2011.

“He needs to play and to be fit and train hard, and when he does that, he’s got a chance,” Redknapp insisted.

“It’s difficult for him here. We’ve already got Gareth Bale, Aaron Lennon and Niko Kranjcar, who was excellent today.

“[Giovani] is a class player and he’s unlucky not to play more, but it’s hard. He’s a fantastic footballer and a great boy.”