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'I'd sign Assou-Ekotto but he wants to be a pornstar'

Harry Redknapp has managed the left-back twice before, but made a shocking revelation about the player.

 Benoit Assou-Ekotto has played under Redknapp at both Tottenham and QPR.
Benoit Assou-Ekotto has played under Redknapp at both Tottenham and QPR.
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BIRMINGHAM CITY MANAGER Harry Redknapp has played down talk of reconnecting with former Tottenham and Queens Park Rangers full-back Benoit Assou-Ekotto, claiming that the defender “wants to be a pornstar” instead of a footballer.

Redknapp managed the Cameroon international at White Hart Lane before bringing him to QPR on loan when he took the Rangers job after moving on from Spurs.

Assou-Ekotto currently plays with French Ligue 1 club Metz, but has been linked with a move back to England to link up with Redknapp for a third time.

Despite the speculation, Redknapp was quick to play down a move for the 33-year-old, joking that the left-back has other things on his mind away from football.

He was mad, Benoit, but do you know what? I think I’m mad as well,” Redknapp joked on the Spurs Show Podcast.

“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 pornstar. 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.”

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