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Defoe going nowhere says Redknapp

Jermain Defoe wants to leave Spurs in the transfer window. The England striker is unhappy that he doesn’t hold down a regular place in Harry Redknapp’s first-choice 11 and his agent has submitted a transfer request.

Spurs, currently third in the Premier League and nursing hopes of a title challenge, are unlikely to agree to the request. Redknapp insisted the player would stay at White Hart Lane.

"His agent said he is not happy because he wants to play and he has got a few clubs in for him," Redknapp said. "I am sure he has got a few clubs in for him but we are not selling him. He is saying this club wants him and that club wants him – that is how they make their money. He is not moving anywhere, though. He is on contract here and is a big player for us."

Defoe is keen to stake his claim to a place in Fabio Capello’s Euro 2012 squad, and feels that regular Premier League football would allow him to show the form that would merit an England call-up.

Redknapp feels he is fighting a rearguard action trying to keep his talented Tottenham squad together, with major clubs taking an interest in his key players. Luka Modric has dropped heavy hints that he would consider leaving Spurs if the right offer came along.

Meanwhile Emmanuel Adebayor, whose excellent form has kept Defoe out of the side, may return to Manchester City when his loan period ends in June. That will be too late for Defoe’s liking though.

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