Spurs yet to decide on new offer for Bellamy
Sun, Dec 28, 2008
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TOTTENHAM are yet to decide whether to make an improved offer for West Ham striker Craig Bellamy after an initial bid, believed to be about ?6 million ($12.8m), was turned down.

Spurs manager Harry Redknapp revealed the club had been unsuccessful in its approach to the Hammers, who have repeatedly denied they are planning to sell any star players due to financial troubles.

'I like Craig Bellamy,' Redknapp told Sky Sports as his side trained in preparation for yesterday's home game with Fulham.

'It apparently came out an offer was turned down so I don't know where we go from here.

'We're looking round a few players and he's certainly one of them.'

Bellamy cost West Ham ??pounds;7.5m from Liverpool in July 2007 and the Hammers will be keen to recoup as much of that fee as possible.

Wage bills

Redknapp believes clubs will want to cut their wage bills when the transfer window opens, raising hopes of bringing players to White Hart Lane on loan.

And although he wants to strengthen his squad, Redknapp insists Spurs will not pay over the odds for players.

'I think British clubs will loan players out, with the current situation they will look to get players off their wage bill,' Redknapp said.

'If we can't get the players I think will improve the squad, then I won't bring in anybody. I'm not going to load us up with players who aren't better than we've got.'

Meanwhile, Redknapp insisted he has not made an enquiry about Fulham's Jimmy Bullard, who he signed for ??pounds;30,000 from non-league Gravesend and Northfleet when at West Ham - although he remains a big fan of the midfielder.

'I took him from Gravesend because I thought he had something,' Redknapp said. 'After I left they let him go.

'He's developed since then and that is full credit to him. He took a step backwards, went to Peterborough and worked hard. Barry Fry saw something in him as Barry has done with a lot of players.

'He was a wide player when I had him and reminded me of Steve McManaman. He could run all day and had the ability to run with the ball. He was ungainly and a bit leggy but he's done great.

'He's a smashing lad as well, so I'm pleased for him.'

Bullard was credited with having a key role in keeping Fulham in the Premier League last season.

'That was his influence,' Redknapp said. 'He's big around the dressing room as well, a real good character and everyone who talks to him likes him.'

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