LITESPORT 34 Tuesday, 28 July 2009 London Lite IWOULDNEVERThierrywill not advise pal Vieira tosignfor Redknapp THIERRYHENRYmayhaveleftArsenal two years ago, but his heart will always remain with the Gunners and thats the reason hed NEVER tell Patrick Vieira to sign for Spurs. Thecaptainof the2003-04Invincibles has been linked with a move to White Hart Lane -- the ground at which he celebratedwinningtheleagueinthered and white of Tottenhams bitter rivals. Vieira is no longer an automatic starter at Inter Milan under Jose Mour- inho and is reported to be mulling over a lucrative contract offered to him by Harry Redknapp. But Henry claims that spending eight years with the Gunners means he is programmed to hate Spurs and would never advise his French compatriot to see out his playing days in N17. I am Arsenal through and through. Id never advise anyone to sign for Tot- tenham, Henry told The Sun. Patrick Vieira is a grown man who willdowhateverhehastodoforhisown career. ButIhaveneveradvisedanyoneabout their future because its not my business. He added: I cant have Arsenal fans thinking I am helping Tottenham in any way. The truth is I was talking to Spurs boss Harry Redknapp and he told me he was trying to sign Patrick from Inter Milan. I was very surprised because Patrick is like me. He loves Arsenal. I just said that Patrick would be a brilliantsigning.ButIalsomadeitclear I would be shocked if it happened. Henry scored a record 226 goals in 370 games for the north London club, who have struggled to replace him since his move to Barcelona. EmmanuelAdebayorbrieflysuggested he could step into Henrys shoes, while the man who was bought as a direct replacement,Eduardo,missedwellover a year with a badly broken leg and a series of muscular injuries. The Croatian got his pre-season cam- paign underway last night in Arsenals 5-0 thrashing of Hungarian side Szombathelyi. Eduardo netted a brace with a fine angled drive and a crafty free-kick to suggest Arsenal wont miss the recently departed Adebayor -- Nicklas Bendtner got two of his own and Robin van Persie also got on the scoresheet. by james goldman Forward-thinkingHarryhashisperfect SPURS boss Harry Redknapp believes hes got his perfect strike force after a one in, one out day at the Lane yesterday. After completing the signing of Peter Crouch for 9m, there was a last-minute drama at Heathrow as Darren Bent was pulled off a plane about to take the team to China his 15m move to Sunderland apparently in the bag. Crouch joins Robbie Keane, Jermain Defoe and Roman Pavlyuchenko as the White Hart Lane forward line while for Bent it was the end to a disappointing spell in north London. Not only does the move reunite Crouch with former Portsmouth manager Redknapp but it will also see him once again link up with Defoe after the duo combined successfully at Fratton Park. Redknapp, now in Beijing where the team are preparing for the Barclays Asia Trophy which gets under way against West Ham tomorrow, is delighted with the options he now has available in attack. We now have four top strikers which is what you need at every club and so I am delighted to have Crouchy. He is different to almost anyone else in the league in terms of his size and the way he plays the game, so I am pleased to have him. With him, Robbie (Keane) Jermain Defoe and (Roman) Pavlyuchenko we have a good strikeforce. With Redknapp now seemingly happy with his options up front he must now switch his attention to a defence which has been torn apart so far in pre-season. Injury-plagued Jonathan WoodgateTall order: new signing Crouch Inbrief Mourinho eyes Fergies throne lJOSE MOURINHO would jump at the chance of managing Manchester United should the Old Trafford hierarchy decide he is the man to replace Sir Alex Ferguson. I would consider going to Manchester United but United have to consider if they want me to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson, he said. If they do, then of course. I like England, where the fans are very passionate and make the game a beautiful occasion. Etoo ready to get Inter gear lSAMUEL ETOO is intent on making his mark at the San Siro and has claims he will score more than the 108 goals in 145 games he netted in five seasons with Barca. The Cameroon striker sealed his move to the Italian champions yesterday in a deal which saw Zlatan Ibrahimovic move in the opposite direction. Etoo said: Im capable of scoring goals and I know that through my work I will score even more. Zola hopes his Lucas is still in lGIANFRANCO ZOLA remains hopeful of convincing defender Lucas Neill to sign a new deal at West Ham. The Australia internationals contract expired at the end of last month and he did not fly to Beijing with the Hammers for this weeks Barclays Asia Trophy. Lucas Neill is talking with the club, said Zola. We need to have some talks but I am hoping that he is going to join us soon. Skyshowtheir Communityspirit lTHE FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION have taken the first step towards filling the void left by the collapse of Setanta by selling the rights for the Community Shield to Sky Sports for the next three seasons. The next three womens FA Cup finals will also be on Sky, and the deal marks a return by the FA to the Murdoch-owned broadcaster after a year with Setanta -- which went into administration last month. Singapore team drop Magpies lTHE Singapore-based Profitable Group has pulled out of a deal to buy Newcastle United. According to United managing director Derek Llambias, the group has withdrawn its offer for the club. The BBC reports several parties remain interested, although no timetable for the sale of the club has been set. Claims that Mike Ashley is considering putting the club into administration are untrue. 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