Redknapp's all-time best teams littered with West Ham stars

Paolo Di Canio At Upton Park

Harry Redknapp's charm offensive with former club West Ham United continues after he named no fewer than 15 former Hammers in his all-time best teams.

Redknapp, who has been linked with a shock return to the Boleyn should Sam Allardyce leave this summer, was asked to pick his best all-time teams - one of players he has managed and another those he played with - when appearing as a guest on Sky Sports' Fantasy Football Club at the weekend.

When choosing his all-time XI made up of players he managed, the former Queens Park Rangers, Tottenham Hotspur and Portsmouth boss selected four from his time managing the Hammers including Rio Ferdinand, nephew Frank Lampard, Ian Wright and Julian Dicks.

There were also another two former Hammers in the side in the shape of goalkeeper David James and right back Glen Johnson - who has also been linked with a summer return to Upton Park - but he had managed both players while in charge of Pompey.

There was also a special mention for Hammers hero Paolo Di Canio, who Redknapp said was his best ever signing, labelling him a 'genius'.

Redknapp's team based on players he played with during his career was also littered with names, many legendary, from West Ham's past.

The team featured goalkeeper Bobby Ferguson, Peter Brabrook, brother-in-law Frank Lampard senior, Sir Trevor Brooking, Billy Bonds, Martin Peters, Sir Geoff Hurst, Jimmy Greaves and national treasure Bobby Moore.

Redknapp spoke in glowing terms about the former Hammers heroes but reserved special mention for the great number six.

"The great Mooro, Bobby was just on another level to anybody I think I've ever met in football," Redknapp said.

"As a person, as a player, class, just class. Class on the field, class off the field. He read the game. He was yards and seconds ahead of everyone. Bobby was my pal and we'd spend hours together."

Redknapp also revealed how Moore came close to being released by the club. The 68-year-old claims West Ham were due to make a decision on the 16 youngsters they were keeping on and Moore wasn't one of them.

But Malcolm Allison, a mentor to the future World Cup winning captain, did training at the club twice a week and believed in the youngster. Redknapp said there was one place left and the coaches were going to take another boy on instead of Moore.

Allison went to the coaches and questioned their decision not to retain Moore and told them to keep him because he 'was going to be a player'. Redknapp added: "Well he was right wasn't he ... Bobby swore Malcolm made him a player."

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