In demand: Milito celebrates scoring against Udinese on Sunday
Prolific striker Diego Milito will not be joining Tottenham, insists Genoa president Enrico Preciosi, who forecasts the north London club will miss out on their target for a second time.
Spurs boss Harry Redknapp watched the Argentina forward score his 16th Serie A goal of the season on Sunday as Genoa beat Udinese 2-0 and is rumoured to be preparing a £10million bid, but Preciosi claims that would only be enough to pay for his ear.
Preciosi said: "Milito has already turned down Tottenham in the summer, when they were offering much more money than Genoa.
"In any case, the proposed figure of £10m they are offering is ridiculous. For that amount, the English club would only get Milito's ear."
The Argentinian has been instrumental in taking unfancied Genoa up to fourth place in his second spell at the club.
He first joined them in 2003 and enjoyed two prolific seasons in Serie B, culminating in promotion. However, the club were immediately sent down two divisions for match-fixing and Milito joined Real Zaragoza.
He was a huge success in Spain, scoring 51 goals in three seasons at nearly a goal every other game, but was lured back to Genoa last summer when Zaragoza were relegated despite his best efforts.