Woodgate to decide on loan

Redknapp keen for defender to get some games

Woodgate: Loan option

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Harry Redknapp is happy for Jonathan Woodgate to decide whether he wants to go out on loan this month.

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The Tottenham defender has not played first-team football for more than a year due to a groin injury that was so serious there were fears his playing career could be at an end.

Woodgate is now back in training and rebuilding his fitness, but remains a long way down the pecking order at White Hart Lane behind the likes of William Gallas, Michael Dawson, Sebastien Bassong and Younes Kaboul.

Redknapp has previously made it clear that he would be prepared to let the former Leeds man go out on loan, although a switch to local rivals Arsenal has been ruled out.

Moving up a gear

The Spurs boss is keen for Woodgate to get some games under his belt but will leave the final decision in the hands of the player.

A number of clubs have been linked with a loan swoop for the 31-year-old, with Wolves the latest to be credited with an interest.

"I'm happy for him to go if he wants. It's really up to him," Redknapp said in The Sun.

"Jonathan's played a couple of games for the reserves and in training games - but now we really need to see him move up a gear.

"He definitely needs to get some proper first-team games under his belt."