Carlos Tevez interests Tottenham says Harry Redknapp
Friday 28 October 2011
Harry Redknapp would be interested in taking Carlos Tevez off Manchester City's hands, but admits Tottenham are in no position to match the controversial star's wages.
Tevez has become embroiled in a bitter row with his manager Roberto Mancini over his reported refusal to take to the pitch during City's Champions League match at Bayern Munich on September 27.
Mancini has made it clear that Tevez has no future at City, and the club are actively looking for a buyer for their former captain.
Spurs boss Redknapp admits he would love to sign Tevez, but concedes a reported asking price of more than £30million, and the striker's huge wages of around £200,000 a week, mean a move for the 27-year-old is all but impossible.
"Would I like him? Yes. Anyone would like him. He is a fantastic player," Redknapp said.
"He is an amazing player. When he plays no one gives more than he does. He works his socks off, he runs, he chases, he plays, he tackles and he scores goals.
"He is the full package when he plays so I don't think there are too many teams who wouldn't like him.
"Affording him is a different matter. That's the problem. We couldn't afford him really."
City were forced yesterday by the Professional Footballers' Association (PFA) to halve a four-week fine given to Tevez after they found him guilty of several charges relating to his apparent refusal to come off the bench in Germany last month.
With claims Tevez is considering suing Mancini, the end of the saga appears a long way off and Redknapp admits he has already become bored of the conflict.
"It's a difficult one. The PFA will always support their players," the Spurs boss added.
"To be honest, I haven't been following it. I got fed up reading about it."
The 64-year-old also thinks the size of Tevez's fine is irrelevant, given the vast sum of money the Argentina international has amassed during his career.
Redknapp said: "A two-week fine, four-week fine, it doesn't make any difference to him does it? "How is that going to hurt him anyway? The extra two weeks won't hurt him when you are earning unbelievable money like that.
"It probably won't make the slightest bit of difference to his life in the long term."
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