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Redknapp reveals Spurs bid for Barry
Published : 05 Jun 2009 08:27:14
The England midfielder joined Mark Hughes' side from Aston Villa for £12million earlier this week, but Redknapp has revealed he too had a bid on the table. "This week, I tried to sign Gareth Barry," he told The Sun. "I felt he would be a good addition for Spurs and I knew we had to make a decent offer for a top England player. "Liverpool were also prepared to make a big offer. "But we have both been blown out of the water by Manchester City. "They offered a far bigger transfer fee and are giving the lad much bigger wages. We could not get near." Barry became the first of what is expected to be a clutch of big-money City signings this summer, and Redknapp believes their financial clout could help them win the Premier League title before long. He added: "It wouldn't surprise me if they won the title quite soon as they seem to have more money than everybody else." Redknapp also hit out at the money in football, saying: "While I benefit from a good wage, I'm embarrassed about it, to be honest. A lot of people in football are embarrassed."