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Spurs insist Forlan wage bill would leave them out of pocket

HARRY REDKNAPP has said he won't be signing Diego Forlan because of his wages, although the Tottenham boss has already lost money scouting the striker.

Last Thursday, Redknapp and assistant Kevin Bond watched Forlan's Atletico Madrid lose to Real but, in the process, Redknapp had his wallet stolen.

"I bought some sweets and the next thing there's two guys on their knees in front of me, tugging my trousers," revealed Redknapp.

"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!"

Redknapp said Spurs' hopes of signing David Beckham on loan are fading and the midfield player is expected to return to the Los Angeles Galaxy on February 10. "I can't see it, it is doubtful," he said.

On Forlan, Redknapp said: "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."

Tottenham travel to face Newcastle today; however, they won't come up against another striker who they have been linked with -- Andy Carroll -- as the Magpies hitman has failed to recover from a thigh injury. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent