Tottenham should make an ambitious bid to sign Luka Modric from Real Madrid alongside Gareth Bale, according to their former manager Harry Redknapp.

Redknapp was Spurs boss when they qualified for the Champions League with Modric and Bale in the team before both departed for Madrid.

The pair have proven hugely successful in Spain, winning Europe's elite club competition on four occasions.

But Bale, who scored in two Champions League finals for Madrid, has fallen out of favour in recent seasons at Madrid and is now in talks over a move back to Tottenham.

As Spurs thrash out the finer details in that blockbuster transfer, Redknapp urged chairman Daniel Levy to go back to the Santiago Bernabeu for a further shock swoop.

"I'd go and see if I could get Luka Modric back," he told Stats Perform News. "Take the pair of them, Bale and Modric.

"That would be a great coup. Luka is still a fantastic player. That would be amazing.

"I still feel they need somebody there; they've got the forward players, but they need somebody to supply the bullets.

"That's where someone like Luka Modric can play killer passes, into great movement up front. They lack a player like that."

While Redknapp remains concerned by Tottenham's midfield, the prospect of seeing Bale join Harry Kane and Son Heung-min in an attacking three excites him.

"That is a scary forward line," he said. "I could see them playing Harry central and Son and Gareth coming off the line and playing.

"I had a silly spell at Tottenham towards the end where I played Gareth on the right and the Tottenham fans were singing, 'He's Gareth Bale and he plays on the left'.

"Well, he's never played on the left since then. He played for Wales through the middle.

"Really him and Son are two players who you'd just want to let go and play and do damage wherever they pop up on the pitch in any of those forward positions.

"It's a bit like at Liverpool, like they do with their front three. They interchange positions fantastically well. And I think they'll do the same at Tottenham."

Gareth Bale would inject some much-needed "magic" into Tottenham's side should the Real Madrid forward return to north London, according to Harry Redknapp.

Tottenham are in negotiations with Madrid over a possible deal for Bale, who left Spurs for Los Blancos in a €100million (£85m) transfer in 2013.

Bale has helped Madrid win four Champions League trophies – scoring decisive goals in two of those finals – and two LaLiga titles, yet has fallen down the pecking order in the Spanish capital.

While he has struggled with injuries, Bale has often been left out in the cold even when fit by Zinedine Zidane, who played the Wales star just 20 times across all competitions last term.

Former Spurs manager Redknapp – who gave Bale the chance to thrive as a winger rather than as a full-back, where he initially played – believes the 31-year-old would be a brilliant addition for Tottenham or Manchester United, who have also been linked.

"It would be a fantastic signing for the club and it would be great for Gareth to get back playing again. He's such a talent, such a great player and it's waste to see him not playing," Redknapp told BBC Radio Wales.

"To get back to Tottenham could just turn their season around. They've been quite average in the last six months or so. End of last season and obviously got beat on Sunday by Everton. They need that little bit of magic Gareth can bring.

"If he went there [or] Manchester United... wherever he went, he'd make a massive difference."

On Wednesday, Jonathan Barnett – Bale's agent – told Stats Perform News: "We're negotiating at the moment, that's all. I won't discuss [how close it is]."

Meanwhile, Spurs boss Jose Mourinho insisted in a news conference ahead of Tottenham's clash with Lokomotiv Plovdiv that he would not discuss a player at another club.

Though Redknapp would love to see Bale return to Spurs, he concedes it will be a difficult deal to achieve.

"The difficulty obviously is working out a deal because no one can pay his wages. There's no way anyone in England can take him full-time," Redknapp said.

"The only way they'll do a deal is if Real Madrid meet at least half his wages. I'd think that's the stumbling block at the moment for Tottenham or anyone else interested in him.

"It's not going to be a case of Gareth taking any wage cuts, it's going to be a case of Real Madrid having to maybe take a third of his wages off of Tottenham.

"[Tottenham chairman] Daniel Levy's a very good negotiator, so I'm sure he'll get the best deal for Tottenham."

Harry Redknapp believes there is enough of a precedent to make Mauricio Pochettino moving to Arsenal a genuine possibility.

Pochettino was sacked by Tottenham on Tuesday with Jose Mourinho named as his successor around 12 hours later in a remarkable turn of events.

And with Unai Emery struggling at Arsenal, former Spurs boss Redknapp refused to discount the possibility of Argentine Pochettino making a controversial move across north London.

He told talkSPORT: "With Pochettino going from Tottenham, there will be one or two Premier League managers waking up this morning thinking, 'Oh my god, this ain't too clever'.

"And there will be one or two chairmen very excited thinking if there's any way they could get him in. What a signing he'd be.

"There are clubs in London who are having a terrible time. Why shouldn't he go to Arsenal if he wants to? You think the Arsenal fans wouldn't love him there?

"It happens in football. Sol Campbell went from Tottenham to Arsenal, George Graham did it, Terry Neill did it, Pat Jennings, one of our greatest goalkeepers in history, even he made the change.

"It can happen, as long as you can do the job. I would have thought Arsenal will be looking at Pochettino now thinking, 'Could we? Can we?'"

Pochettino is likely to have the pick of several of Europe's top clubs after guiding Spurs to last season's Champions League final with Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and Manchester United having all been suggested as potential destinations over recent months.

Harry Redknapp slammed Tottenham's players for "massively under-achieving" and turning in "relegation form" to leave Mauricio Pochettino out of a job.

Spurs sacked highly rated manager Pochettino on Tuesday after a poor start to the season that leaves last season's Champions League finalists languishing in 14th place in the Premier League.

Ex-Tottenham boss Redknapp believes chairman Daniel Levy could not countenance missing out on a place in Europe's elite competition having recently moved to a new stadium, with poor domestic form in 2019 forcing his hand.

"I'm surprised but looking at the form, it's been relegation form over the past 24 or 25 games," Redknapp told Sky Sports News.

"That's where they've been from the end of last season into this year.

"Tottenham not making Champions League this year would be a disaster in Daniel's eyes. With the money they've spent on the stadium and the training ground."

Pochettino's players have failed to match the standards Tottenham set for the majority of his five-year tenure this time around and Redknapp told them they should reflect on the fact they cost their manager his job.

"I think they've got a fantastic squad of players. They've got internationals all over the place – Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Lucas Moura, Son [Heung-min]," he said.

"They're massively under-achieving at the minute. They [the board] have had a look and thought we aren’t going anywhere

"They've pulled the panic button and decided to make the change.

"The players have got him the sack, they've not performed well enough. If they all loved him so much, perhaps they should have done a little bit better for him."

Redknapp tipped bookmaker's favourite Jose Mourinho or Napoli head coach Carlo Ancelotti to succeed Pochettino – claiming Levy will already be in touch with his chosen candidate if his own experience at White Hart Lane is anything to go by.

"They'll have someone in mind, they'll have spoken to somebody. I know how they work.

"Jose Mourinho, Ancelotti, someone of that ilk. They tried to get Ancelotti when they sacked me. I knew they spoke to him while I was still at the club. They'll have spoken to somebody."

"They probably like Brendan Rodgers but they won’t get Brendan. They spoke to Brendan when they got rid of me."

Although he proclaimed himself a fan of Pochettino, Redknapp was only willing to deem his well-regarded Tottenham tenure as a qualified success.

"They've had one Champions League final. If you look back at the run, it [luck] went their way a little bit," he said. "They've not won a trophy with an incredible squad of players, full of internationals and with possibly the best number nine in the world. They haven't won anything.

"Eventually, Daniel and [Spurs owner] Joe Lewis are going to go 'hang on' especially this year when it looks like they aren't going to make the Champions League. These are ruthless business men, they're very, very clever men."

Redknapp then alluded to Pochettino being a one-time target for Manchester United and added: "He was reasonably successful, I like him. I think he's great

"I think he'll get a big club, there's no doubt about that. I know his advisers spoke to another club in the Premier League, it looked like it was a done deal. He'll be in a big job very shortly."

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