Harry Redknapp would try and sign John Terry and Frank Lampard if becomes Swansea manager.
According to a report by The Telegraph, the 69-year-old is open to the idea of taking up the recently vacated post of Swansea manager and would try to recruit Chelsea legends John Terry and Frank Lampard in the upcoming transfer window.
The report states that, despite not being a front-runner to take the reigns at the Liberty Stadium, sources close to the club insist that the former Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United manager could force his way into consideration.
On being asked about taking the Swansea job, he said: “I think if the opportunity and the challenge came up it would be one that would be interesting,” he said. However, he hasn’t been contacted for the job: “I’ve not heard anything, I’ve had no approach from anybody but it’s a good club.”
Swansea currently sit at 19th place in Premier League table and are in desperate need of reinforcements. They have the worst defence this season, having conceded 41 goals so far and someone like John Terry would comfortably walk into the first team in the heart of their defence.
It seems extremely unlikely that Chelsea or Conte will allow him to leave the club, even though he hasn’t been playing a lot this season due to injuries. He has been sidelined for majority of the season due to a Malleolar injury and a Gluteus strain suffered almost consecutively.
Because of that, he has featured only 7 times for Chelsea this season in all competitions and has constantly been linked with a move away, most recently to Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua. But, given his status at the club and his importance to the Chelsea dressing room, it is extremely unlikely that Chelsea or Antonio Conte will let him go.
The report states that Redknapp will also try to sign Frank Lampard, who is now a free agent after having left New York City FC after 2 seasons in the MLS. Should he arrive at the Liberty Stadium in January, they would be reunited after 15 years, having previously worked together at West Ham.
Lampard had previously spent half a season on loan at Swansea in the 1995/96 season. He made 9 appearances for the Swans that season before being recalled by West Ham in January 1996. He also scored his first senior career goal whilst with them against Brighton & Hove Albion.
While signing someone of Lampard’s stature would be something of a fairytale for Swansea, it is yet to been seen whether the former England international would be willing to return to Swansea after 20 years. It is a more likely scenario than Terry signing for the club as he is understood to want to prolong his playing career at least till the end of the current campaign.
He has only recently reiterated his desire to return to Chelsea and has vowed to be involved in some capacity, but should nothing come his way in January, he might consider reuniting with his uncle one last time and end his playing career with the club where he first started it.