Spurs spring Nelsen surprise

Veteran centre-back could join as Bassong replacement

Ryan Nelsen: Harry Redknapp wants cover for William Gallas' injury

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Ryan Nelsen could make a shock last-minute move to Tottenham on transfer deadline day, manager Harry Redknapp has confirmed.

The Blackburn centre-back would replace Sebastien Bassong, who has long stated his desire to leave Spurs and was left out of the club's 3-1 win over Wigan.

Bassong has been the subject of a bid from Wolves before Tuesday's 11pm transfer deadline and hopes to replace him by completing the signing of veteran Nelsen from Ewood Park.

Redknapp, who earlier in January tried to sign Blackburn's Christopher Samba, said: "Bassong could maybe go on loan to Wolves. I think that's going to happen.

"We just need to see whether I can take another central defender, because I've got William Gallas out long-term through injury.

"I'm hoping to sign Ryan Nelsen on a free until the end of the season. I think he's a great competitor and a good sort to have at your club. Always liked him.

"Seb needs to go - his head's down."