Spurs close on £11 million Serie 'A' starlet

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Tottenham Hotspur boss Harry Redknapp is reportedly closing in on an £11 million move for Danish defender Simon Kjaer.

The 20-year-old centre back has been on the Premier League radar at a string of Premier League clubs, but now Spurs boss Harry Redknapp is ready to make his move after a personal scouting trip to Italy.

Kjaer is rated as one of the finest young defenders in European football, and his stock continues to rise at Palermo. Redknapp must have been impressed with the defender's commanding performance, playing 90 minutes in a 3-0 victory over Champions League side Fiorentina.

After starting his career at homeland club FC Midtjylland, Kjaer made the switch to Serie A in 2008 with a €4 million transfer to the Rosanero.

A solid season at the Stadio Renzo Barbera led to a first international call up up in February 2009, and Kjaer has gone from strength-to-strength since then.

Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City are just three clubs who have been linked with a move for the defender, but now Spurs appear to be in the driving seat after the Daily Mirror reported that Redknapp made the trip to Sicily at the weekend.

"We looked at him but we have not made a bid. I have been to Italy the last couple of weeks. We go there to look at people who have been recommended. We follow up leads," said Redknapp.

Tottenham have reportedly opened up negotiations over an £11 million move, although wage demands close to £100,000 would seem to be an obvious stumbling block. Spurs will be keen to talk him down though, with Redknapp looking to add some defensive competition amidst an injury-prone back line.

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