Brazilian shot-stopper is set for a January exit after bust-up with the Spurs boss in August saw him demoted to third choice behind Brad Friedel and Carlo CudiciniEXCLUSIVE
By Greg Stobart
Tottenham will sell goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes in January after the complete breakdown of his relationship with Harry Redknapp.
The Spurs manager had a furious row with Gomes after Tottenham's opening Premier League game of the season against Manchester United and will listen to any offers for the Brazilian in the New Year.
Gomes feels let down by Redknapp after he was told he would be Spurs' No.1 before the start of the season and started the club's first competitive game against Hearts in the Europa League on August 18.
Four days later, however, Gomes was dropped in favour of Brad Friedel for the Premier League opener at Old Trafford. The 30-year-old confronted Redknapp about his demotion to the substitutes' bench and the Spurs boss told him he had changed his mind.
Gomes has since found himself Tottenham's third-choice goalkeeper and out of the matchday squad for league fixtures, with Carlo Cudicini now back-up to Friedel.
Gomes will be allowed to leave in January, either permanently or on loan until the end of the season. PSV, his former club, expressed an interest over the summer but they could not match his wages.
“Gomes is almost certain to leave in January and he's got no relationship with Harry anymore,” a Tottenham source told Goal.com. “They had a stand-up row and it got pretty heated, it wasn't good. Gomes feels let down as he thought Friedel arrived in the summer as second-choice goalkeeper.”
Goal.com can reveal that Gomes is selling his house near the club's training base in Chigwell ahead of a January move following three-and-a-half years at White Hart Lane after his switch from PSV.
Gomes has produced some excellent displays during that time after a difficult start in English football, but he frustrated Redknapp with his inconsistency last season as he made a number of high-profile errors.
The Spurs boss, who is currently recovering from a minor heart procedure, lost patience with Gomes after his howler against Chelsea in April, when Frank Lampard's tame effort squirmed through his body in the 2-1 defeat.
A summer move was scuppered by a lack of interest, a shortage of potential replacements and Gomes' close relationship with fellow Brazilian Sandro, who attracted interest over the summer from both Milan clubs.
Friedel's fine performances so far this season, not least in the 3-1 win at Fulham on Sunday, have justified Redknapp's decision to choose the veteran American as a reliable and consistent first-choice keeper.
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