Talks stall in Spurs midfielder chase - reports

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Want-away Real Madrid midfielder Lassana Diarra's proposed move to Tottenham Hotspur has stalled over the player's high wage demands according to talkSPORT.

The 26-year-old, who remained in Spain while the rest of Jose Mourinho's first-team squad flew to America on their pre-season tour, has been told he is free to leave the Bernabeu this summer.

Spurs boss Harry Redknapp has endured a frustrating transfer window thus far, bar the signing of a couple of promising youngsters, there has been no real movement at White Hart Lane - which is most uncharacteristic of the Barclays Premier League's so-called 'wheeler dealer'.


Diarra is seen as an ideal acquisition that could help Spurs in their attempts to break back into the top-four in 2011-12 - as Redknapp tries to bring Champions League football back to north London after Tottenham fell short last year.

Madrid want to recoup as much of the £20million they paid for Diarra's services as possible, and whilst Spurs are confident they can reach a compromise over the eventual fee - the players refusal to take a considerable pay-cut is seen as the bigger problem in the overall deal.

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