"Ashley Cole is still in great nick", the manager said, as quoted by the Birmingham Mail. "Wage-wise I don't know where we would go with it, I haven't got a clue what he earns, and he belongs to Middlesbrough, but I think they've said he can go on a free, so he's of interest".
"We are trying, on Monday I have got a couple of meetings with players".
"Robbie Keane is a proper player; a great professional and infectious character". He would be wonderful around the dressing room, showing people how you become a top-class pro for so many years. They're all interesting but till you speak to them, you don't know. They are not over the hill. I went to Portsmouth in the same sort of situation.
"You want a mix of experience and youth in your squad".
However, that is unlikely to deter Redknapp from pursuing a man who has over 100 Premier League goals to his name, as he seeks to transform last season's relegation battlers into a side capable of making a serious promotion push. "You want them to blend in with the younger ones".
"My ambition is for us to be in the top group this year, at least make the play-offs. But to do that you need good players".
"Stewart Downing is a proper player, got a great left foot, he's fit as a fiddle", the Birmingham boss continued.
"He knows he wouldn't play every week but just to have him around..."
"It hasn't really gone anywhere, I just mentioned it someone and like everything it ends up getting out".