Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp says sealing a deal for Real Madrid striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar will be difficult due to the Dutchman's high wage demands. Huntelaar's future at the Bernabeu - along with several of his fellow countrymen - has been cast into doubt following the return of former president Florentino Perez, who has already splashed more than €200 million on stellar signings including Kaka, Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema. The striker has been linked with a move to several Premier League clubs, including Manchester United, Arsenal and Spurs, while Bundesliga outfit Stuttgart had agreed a deal with Real, only for the player to snub the opportunity to join the German outfit. The former Portsmouth boss confirmed on Thursday that he was interested in bringing the ex-Ajax goal-getter, who has totalled 143 league goals in 203 club appearances to date, to White Hart Lane this summer. However, having also revealed that he would be prepared to sign Pompey striker Peter Crouch, but not for the current asking price, Redknapp has added that he is also reluctant to shell out silly money to land Huntelaar. "Daniel [Levy] spoke to Real Madrid and went over to meet the people, but his wages are beyond us," he said in the Daily Mail. "I think Stuttgart were trying to do a deal, but Real Madrid were not prepared to do the deal they wanted. "I am sure we would have the same problem. I can't see it happening. "Wages are difficult. We pay good money but we don't pay crazy money so it's hard. "I was interested in Gareth Barry and Roque Santa Cruz but we couldn't get anywhere near them." NEWS: Redknapp - I am in hunt for Huntelaar NEWS: Huntelaar switch to Stuttgart collapses NEWS: Stuttgart set to seal Huntelaar deal NEWS: Real deny Arsenal approach for Huntelaar NEWS: New bidders enter Huntelaar hunt NEWS: Pardeza: Huntelaar sale close to conclusion NEWS: Huntelaar stalling over Stuttgart deal NEWS: Stuttgart hopeful of Huntelaar deal NEWS: Real in advanced talks over Huntelaar sale NEWS: Stuttgart bid to bag Huntelaar NEWS: Arnold Muhren: Huntelaar would shine at Manchester United
24 July 2009
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