€10m Samba star would 'love' Spurs move

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Reported Tottenham target Rafinha has admitted that he would be open to a move to White Hart Lane.

The Brazilian full-back has enjoyed a fruitful few weeks in Serie A, having scored the winner for Genoa against Sampdoria in the Derby della Lanterna - as well as starring in the sensational comeback against Roma.

His recent performances have seen the €10 million-rated defender linked with a transfer to Tottenham - something that the 25-year-old would seriously consider if the opportunity presented itself.

"Of course I’d love to play in England so I’m glad to hear about Tottenham showing an interest in me," he told The South American Football Show in association with The Independent.

"I watch Tottenham’s games and they look like a great team, they also have two Brazilian players there already. It would be a pleasure for me to play there. However, I’m also happy here in Genoa.


"If a concrete offer came through from Tottenham I’d be glad, but I’m also happy here. In the end it shows I’m playing well if an important team like I Tottenham is interested so that’s a great feeling."

The former Schalke man could have already been playing in the Barclays Premier League had a deal not fallen through in 2009 when he looked almost certain to join Liverpool.

"Liverpool is a top destination," he told the Sunday Mirror at the time. "If a move would suit Schalke as well as myself, we can discuss it."

It had been reported that Liverpool had entered negotiations with Schalke regarding the right-back but a deal to bring him to Anfield could not be reached.

Liverpool instead moved to sign Glen Johnson from Portsmouth and could yet meet the man they missed out on should he make a summer switch to Spurs.

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