Redknapp confirms City striker bid

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Harry Redknapp has revealed Tottenham tried and failed with an audacious bid to sign Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez during the January transfer window.

Tevez spent five months in exile this season after refusing to come on as a substitute during City’s defeat against Bayern Munich in the Champions League back in September, prompting manager Roberto Mancini to declare him as ‘finished’ at the club.

The Argentinian forward was fined and suspended by City, and then returned to his homeland while trying to negotiate a route away from the Etihad Stadium during the January transfer window.

Moves to both AC Milan and Inter Milan, as well as Brazilian club side Corinthians failed to materialise before the window snapped shut, forcing the former Manchester United forward to return to England, making his comeback in City’s 2-1 win over Chelsea in March.

However Redknapp has revealed that he was interested in taking the controversial striker to White Hart Lane, but admitted the move was a non-starter.

"I said to the chairman 'can you get me Carlos Tevez?'” he told reporters.

"Daniel made some enquiries, but it wasn't doable. If he could have done it, he would have.

"He (Levy) would have loved Tevez, but it wasn't possible because his wages are £200,000 a week. It's not possible at Tottenham to buy him,” he added.

"He is a fantastic player. When he puts a shirt on he doesn't stop running, working, he's enthusiastic, he can play and he can score goals."

The enquiry sheds further light on Tottenham’s dealings in the transfer market in January, during which Redknapp let four players leave the club on loan while bringing in Louis Saha and Ryan Nelsen from Everton and Blackburn respectively.

Redknapp has previously revealed that the club had an offer to take Juventus’ Milos Krasic on loan turned down by the player in January, while Marseille chairman Vincent Labrune said he turned down an “enormous” offer for Loic Remy from the Lilywhites. Leandro Damiao was also reportedly the subject of a bid from Spurs.

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