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Spurs in talks with the Spanish club over buying the Brazilian No.9...

By Wayne Veysey | Chief correspondent

Tottenham have been told by Sevilla that they must pay £30 million to capture long-term target Luis Fabiano, UK can reveal.

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has held further talks this week with officials from the Spanish club about bringing the Brazilian striker to White Hart Lane.


Levy is prepared to shatter the Champions League club’s strict wage policy to entice Fabiano to London and has put together a £100,000-a-week package that would make him the highest paid player in Tottenham’s history.

It is believed that Fabiano is holding out for £120,000-a-week but is increasingly attracted to the possibility of a move to White Hart Lane as the club looks to establish itself in the upper echelons of English and European football.

But Sevilla president Jose Maria del Nido has made it clear that only a huge offer would persuade him to even consider selling the striker, who scored three goals for Brazil in the World Cup.

Nevertheless, Spurs sources believe the tactics are just posturing to drive up the price of the Brazilian - who has only a year remaining on his contract - and believe he could be prised from the Spanish club for around half the figure they have been quoted.

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Sevilla, who had Fabiano in their team, lost their own Champions League qualifier in a shock defeat to Braga this week and will line up in the Europa League this season.

Uefa rules stipulate that Fabiano could not play for Tottenham in the Champions League group stages but he would be allowed to be involved were the club to reach the knockout stages. He could also feature in the Europa League knockout stages, but only if Sevilla had been eliminated from the competition.

Spurs have been on the trail of the Brazilian for the last two summers and the 29-year-old is considered by manager Harry Redknapp to be of higher pedigree than any of the club’s current strikers.

Fabiano has scored 28 goals in 43 matches for Brazil and banged in 95 goals in 191 games since moving to Sevilla from Porto in 2005.

West Ham United have expressed an interest in Spurs forward Robbie Keane and have been told by the north London side that the Irishman will be available if they bring in a new striker before the end of the transfer window.

Levy is also in talks with AC Milan officials about a deal to bring Klaas-Jan Huntelaar to White Hart Lane on a year-long loan. is proud to be a premier partner of and is pleased to offer exclusive invitations to our users to become participants in the Alpha launch of the new

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