Spurs handed £7m transfer green light over former United star

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Atletico Madrid expect Diego Forlan to make a move to England this summer.

The much-coveted Uruguayan striker has been on the radar of a number of Barclays Premier League clubs in recent years, with Tottenham Hotspur boss Harry Redknapp a known admirer of the player.

Spurs failed in a last-ditch effort to bring the player to White Hart Lane on deadline day in January, but their interest is now set to be reignited in the £7 million-rated player, according to the Daily Mail, after the comments coming out of Spain.

"Diego will decide what happens, but it looks like his first choice will be England," said club president Enrique Cerezo.

Forlan first moved to England in 2001, with Sir Alex Ferguson signing the player from Independiente for a fee believed to be in the region of £6.9 million.


Whilst the 32-year-old's spell at Old Trafford wasn't a complete success, Forlan became a firm Manchester United fans favourite after a brace against Liverpool led the Red Devils to a 2-1 win at Anfield in December 2002.

His Manchester United exit coincided with the arrival of Wayne Rooney in 2004, but Forlan has since improved in La Liga, impressing with both Villarreal and then Atletico at the Vicente Calderon.

Redknapp is known to be in the market for a striker, with Pablo Osvaldo, Kevin Gameiro and Didier Drogba all speculatively linked with a move to Tottenham Hotspur this summer.

With uncertain future hanging over Robbie Keane and Roman Pavlyuchenko in north London, Spurs are eager to find attacking reinforcements, and the bookies now make Redknapp favourite to land the coveted hitman.

Jermain Defoe's Tottenham Hotspur future has also been called into question recently, although the arrival of Forlan could encourage other players, such as Luka Modric, to stay at Spurs this summer.

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