Redknapp admits Luis Fabiano interest

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has admitted his interest in Sevilla striker Luis Fabiano but acknowledges that he could lose out because of the player’s salary expectations.

The 29-year-old Brazil international, who impressed during the World Cup, is on Tottenham’s hit list as Redknapp looks to strengthen his squad.

Tottenham have not made any official contact with the Spanish club but Redknapp confirmed he would be interested in the forward.

“Yes, I like him,” confirmed Redknapp in an interview with ESPN Soccernet. “He’s a fabulous player and would be a brilliant addition to any team.

“It was put to us that he might be available, but we’ve not made contact with his club Sevilla and, to be perfectly honest, I haven’t sat down to discuss any transfer targets with our chairman Daniel Levy, apart from trying to do a deal with Joe Cole.

“I am not unhappy with the squad I have, but of course if a special player came along I would look at it, and Fabiano is a special player all right.

“For sure, he is a class act, but I don’t know what he earns. He might be on mega money, so it might prove to be impossible for us.”

Meanwhile, Tottenham’s interest in free agent Cole continues and Redknapp hopes that the former Chelsea midfielder will put cash aside and join the footballing revolution at White Hart Lane.

Cole is thought to be considering offers from Manchester City and Arsenal but Spurs remain in the hunt, with Redknapp looking to team up again with the player he signed for West Ham.

“I managed Joe before, and I signed him when he was 11,” said Redknapp. “We have always had a good relationship. I know what makes Joe tick and it’s his love of the game, and his need to be playing it. That is what I am offering him.

“I have spoken with Joe at length and I would like him and, when we talked, he appreciated my view that Tottenham is now a club going places.

“I would like Joe here with me, but it is now up to the club and up to Joe, his agent and his dad, and our chairman. He is talking to them to try to do a deal. If it is beyond us in financial terms I can appreciate that but I am hoping other factors will come into play to make up Joe’s mind.”

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