Transfer Talk: Spurs dismiss Foster swoop

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Tottenham Hotspur Manager Harry Redknapp has dismissed rumours linking the club with a move for the Manchester United goalkeeper Ben Foster. Earlier reports claimed Spurs had had a bid for the England international, 26, turned down by the Red Devils as the London club seek a reserve for Heurelho Gomes, with Carlo Cudicini out for the season.

"I have no idea where this story has come from," Redknapp said. "We have never made an offer for Foster, let alone had one rejected. He is an England goalkeeper and I cannot see him going somewhere as a number two anyway." Foster has recently fallen out of favour at Old Trafford, with Sir Alex Ferguson preferring Tomasz Kuszczak in recent weeks.

Long shots

Sunderland manager Steve Bruce is readying a bid for Benfica's veteran Portuguese striker Nuno Gomes, despite the club's manager, Jorge Jesus, insisting the 33-year-old still has a future at the club. Birmingham and Burnley are among four Premier League sides interested in 21-year-old Monaco striker Frederic Nimani, while Fulham defender Chris Smalling could be on his way to Arsenal after impressing Gunners manager Arsène Wenger with his displays.