Tottenham Hotspur boss Harry Redknapp has admitted his admiration for Manchester City forward Carlos Tevez, though he hinted any deal to bring him to White Hart Lane would face a number of stumbling blocks.
Tevez’s future in Manchester looks all but over, after the temperamental Argentinean fell out with manager Roberto Mancini after seemingly refusing to come on as a sub against Bayern Munich in the Champions League.
Since that event, legal proceedings initiated by the club have seen relations between Manchester City and Tevez deteriorate, and Tottenham have now been linked with an option for the unsettled South American.
AC Milan and PSG have emerged as favourites for his signature, but Spurs remain a possibility as outsiders after Redknapp hinted at a possible interest in the player.
“If someone came along who we felt was special, someone who could make the difference, I think we would go for him,” Redknapp claimed.
“The chairman would back me all the way if it was someone who we felt could take us that extra little bit forward.”
After failed bids to sign Diego Forlan, Sergio Aguero and Fernando Llorente in the summer, Redknapp signed Emmanuel Adebayor on loan from Manchester City. Whilst Adebayor has been a resounding success since arriving, financial constraints mean that Spurs would struggle to sign him on a permanent basis. The same financial obstacles could yet block any approach from Spurs for Tevez, and Redknapp conceded a deal is unlikely.
“He is a special player,” Redknapp claimed about Tevez. “The type of player who could make the difference, but I wouldn't think that's a real possibility.”
A source close to the club recently claimed that “people at Tottenham reckon a deal like this could be bigger than anything since they signed Jurgen Klinsmann.”
The source continued: “There’s definite interest. The big stumbling block could be whether or not City are prepared to do business with a team now regarded as one of their rivals for the title.”