When Gianfranco Zola resigned as Birmingham City manager following their 0-2 home defeat to Burton Albion, few would have expected Harry Redknapp to be the next man in charge of the struggling club.
However, Redknapp was appointed the next morning and has been tasked with keeping Birmingham in the Championship this season. The club currently sit 20th in the league table, only three points away from the relegation zone with three games left to play.
Harry Redknapp is a manager known for bringing in players he has worked with before when taking over at a club, and could be tempted to do the same with Birmingham. Redknapp is only manager until the end of the season but, if he keeps Birmingham up and stays on this summer, it’s possible that some of his former players could join him.
Redknapp has also hinted that Birmingham could challenge for promotion next season if he keeps them up, but did not let on whether or not that would be with him as manager. He said: “I think if we can stay up this year, the potential is here to build a team that next year would be looking at the play-offs.”
Here we take a look at five players who Redknapp could bring to Birmingham if he gets the chance.
Niko Kranjčar (Rangers)
Kranjčar is definitely the first player that comes to mind when considering who Harry Redknapp might sign. Now 32, the Croatian international has been signed three times by Redknapp during his career. He was brought to England by Redknapp in 2006 with Portsmouth, and then followed him to Tottenham Hotspur in 2009.
After a spell with Dynamo Kyiv, Kranjčar reunited with Redknapp again when he signed for Queens Park Rangers in a loan deal. The midfielder is currently playing for Scottish side Rangers after signing for the club last summer. However, he has made only 15 appearances for the club this season after suffering a cruciate ligament injury in early October last year. He is not expected to return this season.
Kranjčar is perhaps the most likely of Redknapp’s former players to join him at Birmingham, as they have linked up so many times before. The bookies seem to agree, with some pricing Kranjčar moving to Birmingham as small as 3/1.
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