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Harry Redknapp reveals he may not be able to sign Benoit Assou-Ekotto at Birmingham… because former Tottenham defender wants to be a porn star

The former Spurs boss says he is open to reuniting with the defender but the Cameroon star has other ideas

Harry Redknapp has revealed he may have trouble signing Benoit Assou-Ekotto for the third time in his career because the player wants to be a PORN star.

Redknapp, now manager of Birmingham City, has agreed a new deal with the club after successfully saving them from relegation to League One last season.

Harry Redknapp was brought into the club in the final few games and managed to keep them up on the final day

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Harry Redknapp was brought into the club in the final few games and managed to keep them up on the final day

The 70-year-old is keen to bolster his squad ahead of the new campaign after signing on a permanent basis

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The 70-year-old is keen to bolster his squad ahead of the new campaign after signing on a permanent basis

And the 70-year-old, infamous for his deadline-day dealings, is keen to bolster his new squad for the new campaign in the Championship, with Assou-Ekotto reportedly on his wishlist.

The pair worked together when Redknapp was manager of Spurs, and the Cameroonian full-back was part of the squad that reached the quarter finals of the Champions League.

They also joined up at Queens Park Rangers when Redknapp brought him in on loan in 2013.

Assou-Ekotto was a fan favourite at Spurs during a long spell, and was used heavily by Redknapp in his time with the club

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Assou-Ekotto was a fan favourite at Spurs during a long spell, and was used heavily by Redknapp in his time with the club

The Cameroonian was part of Harry’s successful Champions League squad that reached the last eight

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The Cameroonian was part of Harry’s successful Champions League squad that reached the last eight

Assou-Ekotto, now 33, currently plays for Ligue 1 side FC Metz, but is out of contract in the summer.

However, Redknapp has astonishingly revealed that negotiations for a deal may hit a snag because of Assou-Ekotto’s other passion – porn.

Speaking ahead of the summer transfer window on the Spurs Show Podcast, Redknapp has played down the deal for the “mad” star Assou-Ekotto.

“He was mad, Benoit, but do you know what? I think I’m mad as well,” he said.

The defender joined Harry for the second time when he was manager of QPR in the Premier League, becoming a mainstay in the side

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The defender joined Harry for the second time when he was manager of QPR in the Premier League, becoming a mainstay in the side

Redknapp believes he can get the best out of the player again, but only if he still wants to play football

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Redknapp believes he can get the best out of the player again, but only if he still wants to play football

“I got a phone call – it’s the gospel truth.

“I agreed I might go to Birmingham and suddenly I get a phone call from this guy.

“‘Oh Mr Redknapp, I’ve got a fantastic player for you’.

“Oh yes? ‘One of your old players’. Yes? ‘Benoit’. No!

“But seriously you know what? I’m thinking: ‘Yeah!’

“Somewhere inside I’m thinking I can get him going again.

“The only trouble is that he’s admitted he wants to be a porn star.

Redknapp has jumped back into management once more after taking a break from the English game with national side Jordan

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Redknapp has jumped back into management once more after taking a break from the English game with national side Jordan
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"Maybe I can get another year out of him before he decides to do that.

"What a good player.

"He could well end up in the Birmingham colours next year, Benoit."

Other former players Redknapp is rumoured to be interested in are Sebastien Bassong, Darren Bent and Robbie Keane.