Redknapp blasts 'silly money' for Fabiano

Harry Redknapp today 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 today 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," Redknapp said.

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

"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.

Referring to a television commercial for a well-known national newspaper, he added to roars of laugher: "Watch the advert with the little ginger kid in the mornings.

"That tells you everything: 'Whoever thought Tottenham would be finishing fourth?'.

"Watch it; it's on every day; gives you a good wake-up call.

"I hope people who get carried away with what Tottenham are doing look at that and understand just how well we've done."

Spurs' glamour fixtures in Group A will be the double-header against Inter, which will see Redknapp pit his wits against former Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez.

And there was an early hint of possible mind games today when Redknapp questioned whether anyone - including Benitez - could equal what the treble-winning Jose Mourinho achieved at the San Siro.

"To follow what Jose's done there is almost impossible," he said.

"You've got to win the Champions League, you've got to win the league, you've got to win the cup.

"He's taken a tough job on there."

Spurs return to domestic duty tomorrow when they host Wigan in the Barclays Premier League.

Having demolished the Latics 9-1 in last season's corresponding fixture and facing a side who have conceded 10 goals in their opening two games, complacency can hardly ever have been a greater danger.

Redknapp, who praised Wigan chairman Dave Whelan for backing under-fire manager Roberto Martinez, said: "We've been down this road lots of times before, where people expect you to win, and these are always the most difficult games."

He added: "That's what the good teams do. Good teams play in Europe - Champions League - and they come out and play in the league as well."

Redknapp also used his pre-match briefing for the Wigan game to launch an astonishing attack on agents.

The Spurs boss singled out the representative of Stoke goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, who asked to be left out of his club's midweek Carling Cup tie with Shrewsbury amid reported interest in him from Chelsea.

"How can you have an agent telling a player not to play?" Redknapp said.

"You see that situation this week: a young kid who's done nothing in the game. Suddenly, his agent's wanting him to move so he can make a good move for him and everybody, and it's wrong, it's wrong.

"Players should be stronger anyway. They should stick up for themselves and say, 'You don't run my life; I'm a footballer; I want to play'."

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily World Cup Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: Peace without magnanimity - the summit in a railway siding that ended the fighting

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments

Peace without magnanimity - the summit in a railway siding that ended the fighting
Scottish independence: How the Commonwealth Games could swing the vote

Scottish independence: How the Commonwealth Games could swing the vote

In the final part of our series, Chris Green arrives in Glasgow - a host city struggling to keep the politics out of its celebration of sport
Out in the cold: A writer spends a night on the streets and hears the stories of the homeless

A writer spends a night on the streets

Rough sleepers - the homeless, the destitute and the drunk - exist in every city. Will Nicoll meets those whose luck has run out
Striking new stations, high-speed links and (whisper it) better services - the UK's railways are entering a new golden age

UK's railways are entering a new golden age

New stations are opening across the country and our railways appear to be entering an era not seen in Britain since the early 1950s
Conchita Wurst becomes a 'bride' on the Paris catwalk - and proves there is life after Eurovision

Conchita becomes a 'bride' on Paris catwalk

Alexander Fury salutes the Eurovision Song Contest winner's latest triumph
Pétanque World Championship in Marseilles hit by

Pétanque 'world cup' hit by death threats

This year's most acrimonious sporting event took place in France, not Brazil. How did pétanque get so passionate?
Whelks are healthy, versatile and sustainable - so why did we stop eating them in the UK?

Why did we stop eating whelks?

Whelks were the Victorian equivalent of the donor kebab and our stocks are abundant. So why do we now export them all to the Far East?
10 best women's sunglasses

In the shade: 10 best women's sunglasses

From luxury bespoke eyewear to fun festival sunnies, we round up the shades to be seen in this summer
Germany vs Argentina World Cup 2014: Lionel Messi? Javier Mascherano is key for Argentina...

World Cup final: Messi? Mascherano is key for Argentina...

No 10 is always centre of attention but Barça team-mate is just as crucial to finalists’ hopes
Siobhan-Marie O’Connor: Swimmer knows she needs Glasgow joy on road to Rio

Siobhan-Marie O’Connor: Swimmer needs Glasgow joy on road to Rio

18-year-old says this month’s Commonwealth Games are a key staging post in her career before time slips away
The true Gaza back-story that the Israelis aren’t telling this week

The true Gaza back-story that the Israelis aren’t telling this week

A future Palestine state will have no borders and be an enclave within Israel, surrounded on all sides by Israeli-held territory, says Robert Fisk
A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: The German people demand an end to the fighting

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments

The German people demand an end to the fighting
New play by Oscar Wilde's grandson reveals what the Irish wit said at his trials

New play reveals what Oscar Wilde said at trials

For a century, what Wilde actually said at his trials was a mystery. But the recent discovery of shorthand notes changed that. Now his grandson Merlin Holland has turned them into a play
Can scientists save the world's sea life from

Can scientists save our sea life?

By the end of the century, the only living things left in our oceans could be plankton and jellyfish. Alex Renton meets the scientists who are trying to turn the tide
Richard III, Trafalgar Studios, review: Martin Freeman gives highly intelligent performance

Richard III review

Martin Freeman’s psychotic monarch is big on mockery but wanting in malice