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Ex-Everton defender Lescott: The day former Spurs boss Redknapp tried to swap Baines for Bale

Former Everton defender Joleon Lescott has revealed how Harry Redknapp tried to take Leighton Baines to Tottenham in exchange for Gareth Bale.

Lescott says he had a bird's eye view of the deal.

Recalling a 1-0 win against Spurs in 2008, Lescott said: "I remember that time, it was around when he [Bale] was getting stick for his first 20 appearances or something like that ending in a loss!

"Coming in after the game Bainesy, who I was really close with, we were talking and Harry Redknapp wanted to swap them.

"He pulled Baines to one side, had a conversation with him, so I asked 'What was going on there?'

"He said they were interested in doing a swap for Bale.

"One of the main reasons that didn't happen was because Bale's record was so bad and David Moyes didn't want to swap."

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