Date: 5th July 2007 at 10:47am
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When Harry Redknapp was talking to sky sports news to confirm he ‘liked’ Nigerian international John Utaka it was also revealed that Arnold Mvuemba cost less than £1million, ‘the fee was well below £1million and I think we’ve got good value.

‘If you went after a young player in this country – an Under 21 international – you certainly wouldn’t get him for that kind of figure.

‘I think he’s a kid with a big future’.

If we have signed Mvuemba for less than £1million he is more than ‘good value’ he is an absolute steal.

We might not have a lot of him last season, but I certainly saw enough to think even the reported £2million we were believed to have paid for him would have been amazing value for money – less than £1million is quite literally robbery on Rennes.

Redknapp also revealed how he has watched Utaka several times and was ‘always impressed with him’.

My thinking is that Redknapp would be planning to use Utaka more as a wide player – if he even signs him from Rennes that is – as he has made no secret of the fact that he would like strikers and wingers.