Van Nistelrooy’s wage demands to KO Spurs deal

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Harry Redknapp believes that Ruud van Nistelrooy’s wage demands could rule out any possible move to Tottenham Hotspur.

The Dutch striker is said to be on around £100,000-a-week at Real Madrid, which is too high for Tottenham’s wage structure.

“We don’t pay that type of wages here,” he said. “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 has 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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