Indeed, Redknapp told ESPN Soccernet: “Yes, I like him. He’s a fabulous player and would be a brilliant addition to any team.
“I am not unhappy with the squad I have, but of course if a special player came along I would look at it, and Fabiano is a special player all right.”
Now, this was clearly a response to a loaded question. Nevertheless it has previously been understood that Fabiano is one of Tottenham’s top targets, having displayed acute interest. The Seville’s striker has one year left on his current contract and, following the World Cup, is very much in the shop window.
Of course, Fabiano’s three World Cup goals this summer underlined his qualities, but this is something he has been consistently demonstrating for the past five seasons at Seville. Certainly, he boasts an impressive record with the La Liga club; scoring over 60 goals, whilst winning both the UEFA Cup and Copa del Rey twice. Much of his early career was spent with Brazilian side São Paulo, where he earned his name as a powerful and proficient goal scorer – remarkably bagging 29 league goals in 34 appearances during the 2003/04 season. On the international stage he has demonstrated similar aplomb with 28 goals from 48 appearances.
A dominant, quick and dynamic player, maybe, but he doesn’t come without baggage. Having been involved in a number of on-field brawls, he has a reputation as a something of a hot, hot ‘hot-head’.
Nonetheless, at 29-years-of-age – thus perhaps reaching his zenith – Fabiano could be the calibre of player required for Tottenham’s Champions League venture. Redknapp has pinpointed salary issues as a possible problem but was quick to exalt Luis’ virtues.
A partnership with Jermain Defoe could prove deadly, but would you like to see him rock up at White Hart Lane next season? If not, who?
He’s a fabulous player and would be a brilliant addition
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