Belfast Telegraph

Redknapp blasts Sevilla demands

Harry Redknapp has accused Sevilla of demanding "crazy money" for Luis Fabiano as he finally admitted Tottenham had made a move for the striker.

Spurs have been linked with the Brazil international all summer and Redknapp has made no secret of his admiration for the 29-year-old, who has himself been quoted saying he would "love" to move to White Hart Lane. Redknapp revealed on Friday chairman Daniel Levy had enquired on his behalf about the prolific forward - who has just a year left on his Sevilla contract - but baulked at the £25million price tag.

"I think the chairman's enquired. He's a player that I like but I think they're talking crazy money for him, for a player that age," Redknapp said.

"One year left on his contract, I think he's got. In excess of £24million-£25million, the figures don't stack up. That wouldn't be a goer, not for that sort of money."

Spurs' historic progress to the group stage of the Champions League guarantees them almost exactly that figure. But Redknapp maintained he was not close to spending any of it, ruling out a move for Roque Santa Cruz, as well as insisting he knew nothing about interest from Newcastle in Robbie Keane.

Indeed, the Spurs boss is confident his existing squad is more than capable of making their debut season in the Champions League one to remember. That is despite a Group A draw which could hardly be tougher, with holders Inter Milan, Werder Bremen and FC Twente lying it wait.

"We've got a chance - a good chance - of qualifying," said Redknapp, who has transformed Spurs from relegation fodder to European heavyweights less than two years since taking charge.


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