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Last Updated:  Thursday, 20 March, 2003, 09:30 GMT
Laursen wants Spurs move
AC Milan defender Martin Laursen
Laursen is languishing on the sidelines at Milan
AC Milan defender Martin Laursen has revealed his desire to join Tottenham on a season-long loan.

Spurs have been tracking the Danish international and Milan are reported to have offered his services to Glenn Hoddle for the duration of next season.

The Spurs manager is believed to want another centre-half to play alongside Dean Richards and Ledley King in a back three formation, and has already been linked with a move for Inter Milan defender Marco Materazzi.

Laursen, 25, is becoming increasingly frustrated with life at the San Siro, where he has been unable to command a regular first-team place.

And the defender has admitted he cannot tolerate another season in the Serie A shadows.

"Tottenham is definitely a possibility," said Laursen.

"I've always been fascinated by the Premiership and want to test myself there.

"I know Tottenham have been interested in me for a while and their genuine interest means a lot.

"We have seven international players at Milan competing for two places. And I will not take another season like this one."

He added: "I am happy the Denmark coach, Morten Olsen, is concerned about my situation in Milan and that I am important for the national team.

"But it's even more important for me to play regular football at club level."

If everything goes to plan I will still be able to play a few league games for Spurs during this season
Christian Ziege

Meanwhile Spurs have been boosted by the news that their German World Cup finalist Christian Ziege could make his comeback from injury before the end of the season.

The wing-back seriously damaged his leg during December's draw with Charlton and it was assumed he would not play until next term, especially after a further complication arose during training.

But he said: "It felt as though my knee cracked, but an arthroscopy in Berlin has given me some relief.

"I twisted the knee in a clash during training and a little piece of cartilage got rough.

"The ligaments are okay and I am able to continue my strength training. If everything goes to plan I will still be able to play a few league games for Spurs during this season."


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