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Harry Redknapp: Tottenham made enquiries for Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez in January window

Published: April 28, 2012 | 8:57 am
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Tottenham failed in an audacious bid to sign Manchester City forward Carlos Tevez in January.

Having fallen out with Roberto Mancini, after apparently refusing to come off the bench at Bayern Munich, Tevez went AWOL for three months towards the end of last year and the City manager said the Argentina striker would never play for the club again.
It is not known whether Tevez would have been keen on a move to Spurs, who were then keeping pace with City in the title race, but a potential deal would not have happened anyway due to the forward’s wage demands.
“I said to the chairman ‘can you get me Carlos Tevez?’,” Redknapp said.
“Daniel made some enquiries, but it wasn’t doable. If he could have done it, he would have.
“He (Levy) would have loved Tevez, but it wasn’t possible because his wages are £200,000 a week. It’s not possible at Tottenham to buy him.

“He is a fantastic player. When he puts a shirt on he doesn’t stop running, working, he’s enthusiastic, he can play and he can score goals.”
Soon after the transfer window shut in January, Tottenham’s season began to unravel.
After being in a position to move top at the turn of the year, Redknapp’s team now find themselves fifth in the Premier League after a run of one win in nine.
Tottenham defender Vedran Corluka, who is on loan at Bayer Leverkusen, risked his manager’s ire on Thursday when he claimed Spurs could finish as low as sixth because of his failure to rotate.
Redknapp changed his team less than any other top-flight manager over the festive period, but he robustly denies Corluka’s claims that his players are worn out after not being rested.
“No players have ever come to me and said they felt tired,” said Redknapp.
“Some of their stats have gone down because they have not wanted to run about enough – it’s not because they are knackered.
“The players have probably played on average 30 games this year and I don’t think is a lot.
“I don’t ever remember Bobby Moore getting rotated, nor Geoff Hurst, Martin Peters, Dave Mackay or Alan Mullery. They played ankle deep in mud every week.
“It’s a load of nonsense. It’s an excuse.”
Redknapp has also been angered by suggestions the team have collapsed due to his management style and is also irritated by the claim he had a bust-up with striker Emmanuel Adebayor this week.
“Whoever said that is telling lies. It is an absolute lie,” he said.
“I have not had one cross word with Adebayor since he came here.
“He has never been a minute’s problem to me. When we took him here from Manchester City people said he’s aggro or whatever.. but he is not a problem.
“The whole thing is fabricated. I am sure we would love to keep him here next year. He is a top player.”


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