Tottenham Hotspur chase Real Madrid legend Raul - report

Tottenham Hotspur boss Harry Redknapp is reportedly stepping up his chase to sign Real Madrid legend Raul, as he bids to assemble a side capable of competing in the Champions League next year.

According to the News of the World, having secured their place among Europe’s elite next season, Spurs have now begun the process of bringing in stars with vital European experience.

The 32-year-old striker has seen his chances at the Bernabeu restricted, and it appears the former Spain international would be keen on a move to England.

"Raul has always been interested in the Premier League," said a source close to the player.

"He has spoken with friends like Fernando Morientes and Michel Salgado, who know England, and they have encouraged him to make the move."

Raul, who will not be going to the World Cup this summer, has won the Champions League three times and holds the competition's top goalscoring record with 66 goals in 128 appearances.

It is expected that Raul would accept a drastic drop in wages to move to White Hart Lane, in return for the promise of a two-year deal.

Redknapp stated earlier this week his side needed ‘one special player’, and it appears as though the former Portsmouth boss has found his man.

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