THE INSIDER: Spurs boss Harry Redknapp tracking Diego Forlan

21 June 2010 12:10
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Diego ForlanAtletico Madrid to Tottenham - The Insider says: 2/5Harry Redknapp is a big fan of the former Manchester United strikerand his performances in the World Cup so far show why the Tottenham boss is agood judge.

Forlan is happy in Madrid but still has friends in Englandand would move for a challenge such as Tottenham and the chance ofliving in London.

However, he would not be keen on moving to playsecond fiddle to either Peter Crouch or Jermain Defoe, especially at 31.Therein lies the problem.

Big money: Forlan would command a substantial transfer fee if he left Spain

He would not come cheap and Tottenham preferto sign players with good resale value.

A deal with Atletico wouldreally only leave one winner as they would be looking at close to £20million.

Tottenham may find it easier once Manchester City settle ontheir own striking target as they have similar men in mind and City canpay more.

Edin Dzeko and Edinson Cavani are two that both clubs like.Another Tottenham fancy, Luis Fabiano, looks destined for Milan, whichmay throw open a deal for old favourite Klaas Jan Huntelaar.

GervinhoLille to Birmingham - The Insider says: 1/5Hair raiser: Gervinho has been superb in South Africa

His hairstyle may owe more to Dougal from The Magic Roundabout but there is nothing comical about the performances of the Ivory Coast striker.

If Sven Goran Eriksson wasn't coach of the national side then he probably would have had a greater role to play against Brazil yesterday as his straight running and intelligent link up play started to open up the defence.

He was impressive against Portugal in the first game too and has quickly caught the eye of a host of Premier League scouts.

They will be aware that he only joined Lille last summer for £6.5m from Le Mans after strong interest from Arsenal.

Arsene Wenger believed he needed to develop more before making a switch to the Premier League and he has worked hard to improve his goal ratio and overall play.

Birmingham, Sunderland and Everton have all had decent reports on the 23-year-old and while none like to buy on the back of a World up he may be an exception come July.

Alexis SanchezUdinese to Manchester United - The Insider says: 2/5United scouts have been among a host of observers taken in by the speedy Chile international over the past couple of years.

The 21-year-old was Chile's most effective player in their opening World Cup match with Honduras and he will figure strongly today against Switzerland.

The downside is his propensity to fall over so much but in the modern age he knows referees will often give him the benefit of the doubt.

Good things come in small packages: Sanchez is wanted by several teams

United did look to sign him when he was just 19 and had burst onto the scene with the nickname El Nino Maravilla (the wonder boy) but the asking price was a ridiculous £20m.

United have concerns that at 5ft 6ins tall he is perhaps too small for the physical rigours of the Premier League, and had similar concerns with David Silva at Valencia, but they are keen to improve their wing options.

They are weighing up a couple of options but are still unsure who is staying at this stage and that will dictate how they spend their budget.

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