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Spurs boss Harry Redknapp baulks at Luis Fabiano price

Luis Fabiano
Fabiano's Sevilla team were knocked out of the Champions League this week

Harry Redknapp has revealed Tottenham are not prepared to meet Sevilla's "crazy" asking price for Luis Fabiano.

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has enquired about Fabiano, the 29-year-old Brazilian striker who has said he would "love" to move to White Hart Lane.

Spurs boss Redknapp said: "He's a player I like but they're talking crazy money for him, for a player that age.

"One year left on his contract, in excess of £24-25m, the figures don't stack up. That wouldn't be a goer."

Fabiano caught the eye at the 2010 World Cup finals in South Africa, thriving alongside Robinho in Brazil's attack and finding the net three times before his country were eventually eliminated by the Netherlands in the quarter-finals.

Fabiano first came to prominence at Brazilian side Sao Paulo before moving to Porto in 2004.

His form took a dive in Portugal, though, and he was sold to Sevilla in 2005 after scoring only three goals in 22 matches.

He enjoyed instant success in Andalucia, scoring in the club's 4-0 2006 Uefa Cup final win over Middlesbrough and, the following season, finishing as Spain's second highest goalscorer in all competitions.

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Fabiano's prolific scoring prompted AC Milan to make an unsuccessful bid for him in the summer of 2009, and his bright World Cup displays saw Tottenham enter the frame in the summer.

Despite scoring one goal for his team, Fabiano saw Sevilla miss out on qualification for the group stages of the Champions League on Tuesday as they lost the second leg of their play-off 4-3 to crash out 5-3 on aggregate against Portuguese club Braga.

Spurs, on the other hand, will play in the Champions League proper for the first time as they progressed 6-3 on aggregate after a 4-0 win at home to Swiss team Young Boys.

The prospect of playing among Europe's elite may have further enticed Fabiano to north London, however, Redknapp's reluctance to meet Sevilla's valuation, despite the financial injection that Champions League football will bring, appears to killed off the chance of any immediate move.

On Thursday, Tottenham were drawn in the same group as holders Inter Milan, German club Werder Bremen and Dutch champions FC Twente.

On Saturday, Spurs, with four points from two games so far, resume their Premier League campaign at home to Wigan.



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