Harry rules out Ruud raid

Real Madrid striker Ruud van Nistelrooy is unlikely to be heading to Tottenham Hotspur this month because his wage demands are too high, according to Harry Redknapp.

The 33-year-old former Manchester United forward, who has also been linked with Stoke City and West Ham United recently, could now be heading to Hamburg after the Bundesliga club joined the race to secure his services.

The Netherlands international is believed to be demanding £100,000-a-week wages, with Redknapp saying:"We don't pay those type of wages here. Daniel (Levy), the chairman here, runs a good business and wouldn't be paying that sort of money.

"It would break our wage structure by an awful long way. He's probably worth it and is probably earning an awful lot more at Real Madrid. He's been a great player and could still be that for someone.

"It's a gamble because he's been injured. A fit Ruud van Nistelrooy is world-class but it's a gamble as to whether he's fit. If you have him for 18 months and he's not fit it's a big problem to have a massive wage on your bill.

"But if he plays and scores he can take the club to another level. I've always been a big admirer of him. He's a fantastic player but that sort of basic wage wouldn't be a possibility at Tottenham. Not a chance."

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