LITESPORT 46 Friday, 23 October 2009 London Lite HARRY BOWSBoss knows it is vital fragile Ledley signs a new contract HARRY REDKNAPP has urged Daniel Levy to do everything within his powers to ensure Ledley King signs a new deal with Spurs. King is believed to be in negotiations over a con- tract extension, but could be forced to take a pay-cut of around 20,000-a-week, due to the fragile state of his body which precludes him from training. Spurs had previously considered offering a pay- as-you-play deal because of the serious nature of his injury problems. That notion has now been shelved, but Redknapp, who celebrates his first anniversary in charge of Spurs tomorrow, knows a resolution must be found if his side are to maintain their push for a top four place. He told talkSPORT: Hes unbelievable really. He played at Portsmouth on Saturday and he hasnt trained at all this week. Hopefully hell come out in the morning and have 20 minutes. Well do a few set-plays with him and then hell give me the thumbs up and then come out and play on Saturday and be fantastic as usual. Its amazing how he does it. Every time I see his name on the team sheet, it gives me a bit of confidence that everything is going to be ok and it gives everyone a lift. When Redknapp took over 12 months ago, Spurs were in a state of disarray having taken two points from their first eight matches and were entrenched in a relegation dog fight. But a four-goal win at home to Stoke tomorrow would send Spurs top of the table, for 24 hours at least, and complete a remarkable transformation. Redknapp said: Weve got a good squad and its not impossible to get into the top four. Someone can do it. Manchester City will push this year, Villa will be strong and I think weve got as good a chance as anybody of breaking into the top four. Were up there now, Woodgates back, Dawsons back. Weve got a good squad, good strikers, theres no reason why we cant give it a good go this year. Weve got people like Palacios and King who are real competitors and will get after opponents. We are much stronger than a year ago. BY JAMES GOLDMAN Loose talk from loan danger Di Santo BLACKBURNS on-loan Argentine Franco Di Santo is due to have talks with Carlo Ancelotti about his Chelsea future next week -- and he may be in hot-water with the no-nonsense Italian. Di Santo, on loan at Ewood Park until January, risked the wrath of his Chelsea boss by saying he hopes Sam Allardyces rugged Rovers beat the Blues tomorrow. Di Santo cant actually play in the Stamford Bridge clash because of the terms of his loan deal, but the 20-year- old is reported to have said: I hope Blackburn win. Now I play for them and want to do my best for them. When I go back to Chelsea, I will want the best for them. Now Blackburn are paying my wages so I want a Blackburn win. I will go to the game because I have a lot of friends at Chelsea and my contract is still with them. Di Santo, who scored in the East Lancashire derby against Burnley last week, wants to stay at Rovers if Ancelotti does not see a first-team chance for him in January, when Didier Drogba is away at the African Nations Cup. He added: I am very happy here at Ewood Park. Sam Allardyce is helping me to become a more complete player. I need to improve and gain experience. I need to play games and score goals. If I go back to Chelsea I will try my best but if I stay here I will continue my education. If I go back and dont play, it is less good for me. It depends. If I play for Chelsea, I will be happy because they were my first team in England and I always hoped to play in a top team. But if I stay here, I will be happy. I wont have a problem. King pin: Harry Redknapps feels its vital Ledley King sorts out his Spurs future Inbrief Boro hold back on naming boss MIDDLESBROUGH are not now expected to make any announcement about their new manager over the weekend. The Teessiders had been widely expected to confirm Gareth Southgates replacement -- bookmakers yesterday stopped taking bets on Gordon Strachan -- today. However, it is understood that there will be no such announcement for at least the next 48 hours. Sacked before he could Resino ATLETICO MADRID coach Abel Resino insists he has nothing against the Primera Division club despite being sacked on Friday morning. Resino paid the price for a terrible start to the season which has seen the Rojiblancos claim just one win in 10 matches, and were hammered 4-0 by Chelsea on Wednesday. He said: I wish all the luck in the world to the club because as I am leaving this seat. I am now just another fan. Handbags for Englands bid ENGLANDS 2018 World Cup bid team plans to give luxury handbags to the wives of all 24 members of Fifas voting committee, according to a report from the BBC. Fifa vice-president Jack Warner took delivery of his wifes bag during a recent trip to London. Shadow sports minister Hugh Robertson claimed the move was a massive misjudgement and could backfire. Premier bank on Barclays THE Premier League are expected to agree a new three- year sponsorship deal with Barclays later today which will be worth 85m to top-flight clubs. The new deal has come after league chiefs initially rejected a lower offer from the bank. Barclays have sponsored the Premier League since 2004 and their current three-year contract, which expires next year, was worth 65.8m. Now theres no Hope, Grimsby ENGLAND womens coach Hope Powell has not applied for the vacant managerial post at Grimsby, according to the clubs chairman John Fenty. Powell was reported to be a surprise contender to replace Mike Newell as manager at Grimsby after leading England to the final of the European Championships this summer. No woman has ever managed a professional mens football team. TOTTENHAM V STOKE CITY TOMORROW, 3PM LATEST BETTING MATCH ODDS West Ham 6-1, Arsenal 8-15, draw 3-1. FIRST GOALSCORER Van Persie 4-1, Eduardo 5-1, Arshavin 11-2, Bendtner 6-1, Vela 7-1, Cole 10-1, Diaby 12-1, Diamanti 12-1, Franco 14-1. LAST MEETING 31 JANUARY 2009 ARSENAL 0 WEST HAM 0 (PL) THE Gunners were in the middle of a dire run of form which saw them draw five games in a row, with just a single goal scored. West Ham fully merited their point and showed the sort of defensive solidity and comfort in possession that has been so sorely lacking this season. Scott Parker was outstanding in the heart of the midfield meaning Robert Green, who usually excels against Arsenal, enjoyed a relatively quiet afternoon. MATCH FACTS West Ham have failed to score in each of their last four meetings with Arsenal. The Hammers have averaged just 0.61 goals per game in their 28 Premier League meetings with Arsenal. Overall, West Ham have scored just 65 goals in 52 top- flight league games at home to the Gunners. Arsenal have benefited from six substitute goals this season, twice as many as any other team. Gunners subs have also produced three assists, more than at any other team. CHELSEA V BLACKBURN TOMORROW, 5.30PM (ESPN) Cesc Fabregas leads the Premier League this season with nine assists. Arsenal have only ever lost two Premier league games at Upton Park. Franco talk: On-loan Di Santo team. Gunners subs have also produced three assists, more than at any other team. 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