Redknapp wrote in The Sun: "Last week, we had been working on trying to sign Wayne Bridge. He had been released by Manchester City after a season-long loan at Brighton and a player of his calibre cannot be left alone for too long or else he will quickly get picked up.
"And that's what happened as Reading stepped in to get him.
"That's the kind of bloke I am looking for.
"He is a hugely experienced left-back and clearly still up for a game every week.
"He was exceptional at the Amex last season.
"I don't need to spend loads doing it and I don't want to spend all the owners' money."