Redknapp refuses to break the bank

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Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp insists he would never like one of his players to earn £140,000 a week.

Despite being a serious challenger for a top-four position and reaching the second round of the Champions League, Tottenham are one of the clubs who refuse to pay their players over £100,000 a week.

"I wouldn't want the chairman to start paying £130-140,000 a week for a player," Redknapp said. "It would be difficult when you've got players here getting what they get who are probably better than the ones you've got to pay that money for. So, suddenly, the whole thing would get out of hand, wouldn't it?"

Redknapp takes his side to Fulham on Sunday looking to book a place in the fifth round of the FA Cup.

The 63-year-old won the competition with Portsmouth in 2008 and reached the semi-finals last year with Spurs before being eliminated by his former employers.

Redknapp handed a number of his fringe players a start in the third-round win over Charlton earlier this month but intends to field his strongest XI at Craven Cottage against the team that Spurs knocked out at the quarter-final stage last year.

"We want to go there and get through if we can," Redknapp said. "I will field my best available team. Benoit (Assou-Ekotto) is fine after his knee injury. (Heurelho) Gomes will go out there. Hopefully he will be okay after his shoulder injury. It is a big game. We want to get through and give it our best shot."

Roman Pavlyuchenko is likely to start on the bench, with Redknapp expected to start with either Peter Crouch or Jermain Defoe alongside Rafael van der Vaart up front.

The Russian claimed earlier this week that he could leave White Hart Lane after falling down the pecking order but Redknapp insists the club have had no bids for the striker and insists he is not for sale.

He said: "No one's come in for him. He's here and I wouldn't think there is any chance of him going before Monday. There's nothing happening at all with Pav."

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