Diego Forlan: Tottenham's Chase for the Uruguayan Hitman

Michael PodgerContributor IJanuary 22, 2011

MONACO - AUGUST 27:  Diego Forlan of Atletico Madrid competes for the ball during the UEFA Super Cup between Inter and Atletico Madrid at Louis II Stadium on August 27, 2010 in Monaco, Monaco.  (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
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Tottenham Hotspur boss Harry Redknapp confirmed that his midweek visit to Spain with assistant manager Kevin Bond was more than just a holiday (infamously, this trip is more widely known for Redknapp getting mugged in Madrid by four men).

Redknapp confirmed that he and his number two were in the Spanish capital on Thursday to watch Uruguayan hitman Diego Forlan in a midweek Copa Del Ray quarter-final. Unfortunately, this trip probably didn't give the Spurs boss any more to go on with Atletico Madrid losing 1-0 to Real Madrid. 

One other problem Redknapp encountered in his search for Forlan was the wage bill at White Hart Lane.

The Spurs boss said, "Diego Forlan has been mentioned but we are not going to get near their wages." He added, "They are on £100,000 plus a week—they are not going to come here, the chairman would not be paying 100k or more a week to players that is for sure." 

This is the one large stumbling block, but, knowing the Premier League as we do, this could well be one of those deals that we find happening on the last day of January. As chairman, Daniel Levy is one who works tirelessly during the transfer windows to make deals like the one for Van Der Vaart from last season.

Spurs also confirmed that Croatian playmaker Niko Kranjcar could well be leaving the club. Redknapp has said that Kranjcar's wish is to play on the left, but sadly for him this is the position of one of the players of the year, Gareth Bale.  Add in Steven Pienaar, someone else who can play that position, and Kranjcar's wish to leave White Hart Lane becomes even more evident. 

So, it would seem that the departure of Kranjcar would free up some space on the wage bill for Diego Forlan. 

With a club like Spurs, you'll have to keep watch in the transfer window because this could well be a final day deal.