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Redknapp admires Celtic's Brown

Scott Brown in action against Aberdeen
Brown was SPFA Players' Player of the Year last season

Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp admits an admiration for Scott Brown but says he has not made a bid for the Celtic and Scotland midfielder.

Redknapp was responding to reports that he was poised to make a £10m offer for Brown after Celtic's Champions League games with Arsenal.

"He is a good player, but I have not made an enquiry," said the Spurs boss.

"Someone said I was supposed to have been at Aberdeen against Celtic when I was watching Chelsea play Hull."

Brown, who played under new Celtic manager Tony Mowbray at Hibernian, has not started any of the club's three competitive fixtures this season after returning from ankle surgery during the summer.

It is thought that Redknapp had the 24-year-old watched as he came on as a second-half substitute when the Scottish Premier League kicked-off on Saturday with a 3-1 win for Celtic at Pittodrie.

But Brown's agent, Willie McKay, also played down suggestions of an imminent move to White Hart Lane.

We are in a financial situation, like all clubs, where we are moving players about to improve the team

Celtic manager Tony Mowbray

"I don't think that will happen as they have too many midfielders as it is," he told BBC Scotland.

That situation could change should anyone leave Spurs, with Aston Villa reportedly interested in Jermaine Jenas.

Celtic paid £4.4m to Hibernian for Brown in 2007, beating Bolton Wanderers, Everton, Tottenham Hotspur, Middlesbrough, Reading and Rangers to the midfielder's signature.

Realising a healthy profit on the player could be tempting for Celtic, whose chairman, John Reid, announced on Friday that profits had been more than halved and warned that every SPL club would be hit by reduced television revenue.

The following day, Mowbray hinted that right-back Andreas Hinkel, who is a possible target for Hull City, could be sold after the Champions League qualifier against Arsenal.

"If we are going to rotate our squad around and improve certain areas then, if the right deal comes along for this club, we will assess it and see if it is something that we want to do or not," he said when asked about the German.

"We are in a financial situation, like all clubs, where we are moving players about to improve the team."

Brown, who won his 17th cap in Scotland's midweek World Cup qualifying defeat by Norway, had a disappointing first season with Celtic, having to cope with injury, suspension and the death of his sister.

However, in January, he was named among 14 players on world governing body Fifa's "ones to watch in 2009" list.

Reports suggested that Celtic turned down a £9m offer from Portsmouth that month, but Brown remained with Celtic and ended the season as the SPFA Players' Player of the Year.

The wages and glamour of England's top flight would be an attraction for the midfielder, but his future at Celtic could depend on whether they can overcome Arsenal and qualify for the lucrative group stages of the Champions League.

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Reid finance warning to SPL clubs
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Brown to undergo ankle surgery
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