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Ex-Tottenham boss Redknapp a strong target for Ukraine

Harry Redknapp is reportedly in talks with the Football Federation of Ukraine (FFU) regarding the managerial role for the national team.

The 65-year old has been out of work since being sacked by Tottenham at the end of last season but could be back in a job after it was confirmed that the FFU are extremely interested in acquiring his services to replace Oleh Blokhin.

"I can confirm that we have been approached by the Ukrainian FA who are keen to talk to us about the possibility of Harry becoming the next manager of the national team," Redknapp's agent Paul Stretford said.

A statement from the FFU also confirmed that Redknapp is a target following former striker Andriy Shevchenko's decision to turn down the role with a recommendation coming from ex-Ukraine and Arsenal defender Oleg Luzhny.

"On Tuesday, during a meeting of the Football Federation of Ukraine, the chairman of national teams' committee and coaches' council Mikhail Fomenko reported on the situation surrounding the selection of candidates for the position of a head coach," the statement read.

"During discussions some specialist managers were suggested to be invited from England - Oleg Luzhny and Yury Vernidub mentioned Redknapp's surname.

"The majority of members of the committee supported this suggestion.

"The presidium made the decision to start negotiations with Redknapp's representatives concerning his work on the position of the head coach of a national team of Ukraine."

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