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Harry Redknapp was happily heading in to the Vicente Calderón on Thursday evening to watch Atlético Madrid’s Diego Forlán when he had his wallet lifted. So Redknapp joins his great friend Sir Alex Ferguson in losing money over Forlán.

The morning after the robbery before, Redknapp sat at Tottenham Hotspur’s Chigwell retreat, still shaking his head. “I’m walking round the outside of the stadium with Kevin Bond before kick-off and it’s a fantastic atmosphere,” he recalled. “I bought some sweets and the next thing there’s two guys on their knees in front of me, tugging my trousers.

“I didn’t know whether to knee them in the gob. I’m going ‘let go’, pushing them away. While I’m doing that they’re rifling my pockets. ‘I saw them do it,’ Kevin said. ‘Well why didn’t you do something about it?!’ I said.

“I hope Kev wasn’t part of the gang! He’s got a few quid on him today!”

The pair watched Forlán losing to Real Madrid but left early. “We got a cab back to this little restaurant and we had to ask the man in there for some euros to pay the taxi,” Redknapp added.

“I said to Kevin, ‘I bet the gang are in the restaurant, drinking the best wine and having the best steak’. Me and Kevin didn’t have enough money to have a glass of wine.”

It proved a fruitless trip. Forlán is more likely to end up at wealthy Juventus.

“He’s a good player,” continued Redknapp. “Forlán has been mentioned but we are not going to get near their wages. He is on £100,000-plus a week. The chairman [Daniel Levy] would not be paying £100,000 or more a week to players.”

Spurs have been linked with a few forwards in this transfer window, prompting Redknapp to rattle through the headline names. “Rossi: good player. Not available. Incredible Hulk? Not going to happen.”

Incoming strikers are likely only if Roman Pavlyuchenko and Robbie Keane leave. Jermain Defoe is untouchable, Rafael van der Vaart plays so adeptly off the front man when Redknapp goes 4-4-1-1 while the manager stressed his belief in Peter Crouch.

“I would not be looking to sell Crouch, especially. He has scored the goals in Europe for us. I don’t want to sell Pav but if someone made the right offer and he wanted to move, then I am sure the club will look at it.”

Pavlyuchenko’s agent claims the Russian has turned down Levy’s contract offer because he is waiting to see if Redknapp brings in another forward.

As for Keane, Redknapp said: “West Ham have been interested in Robbie. I know Avram Grant likes him but it depends whether the chairman can do a deal.”

Redknapp laughed that he did not think “Daniel will give me” the 10 per cent Spurs are due from the sale of their old boy, Darren Bent, to Aston Villa.

“It was a good deal for Sunderland. Deep down Steve [Bruce] will surely be happy with his £24 million. If Darren goes in and scores then he is a great signing. He is a good player, good movement and he can finish.”

Source: Telegraph

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