Spurs boss Redknapp: We tried to sign Tevez from Manchester City in January
22:24 GMT, 27 April 2012
Tottenham failed in an audacious bid to sign Manchester City maverick Carlos Tevez in January, Harry Redknapp has confirmed.
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 boss said the Argentina striker would not play for the club
Impact: Manchester City's Carlos Tevezy
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 Barclays Premier League after a run of one win in nine.
Interest: Harry Redknapp
Redknapp was angered by the
suggestion that his team have collapsed due to his management style and
was also irritated by the claim that 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
'The whole thing is fabricated. I am sure we would love to keep him here next year. He is a top player.'
Redknapp insists his team must win all their four remaining games –
starting with Sunday's home clash against Blackburn – if they are to
overtake Newcastle and move back into fourth spot.
Even that may not be enough to secure Champions League football next
year, however, as the team who finish fourth will be denied a place in
Europe's top club competition if Chelsea beat Bayern Munich in next
month's European Cup final.
The Spurs boss believes his team's slump can be attributed to long-term
injuries to key players like Tom Huddlestone, who has been missing
since August with an ankle injury.
Redknapp revealed today that Spurs had tried to loan the midfielder to
their partner club, the American side San Jose Earthquakes, in a bid to
get him fit, but the deal fell through.
'We were hoping to send Tom on loan to San Jose for a couple of months
just to get him playing, but the MLS wouldn't sanction the deal. I don't
know why,' Redknapp added.
Redknapp will have Adebayor and Younes Kaboul back for Sunday's game
against Blackburn after the pair recovered from their respective
hamstring and knee problems.