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Spurs play hardball over Berbatov transfer

Tottenham Hotspur have decided to play hardball with Dimitar Berbatov claiming that they will leave the 27-year-old to rot in the reserves if Manchester United aren't willing to meet the London club's £30m valuation of the Bulgarian hitman.

Berbatov has made it clear that he wants to move to Old Trafford, handing in an official transfer request last week. But it remains to be seen if United will be willing to meet Spurs' valuation.

Alex Ferguson pulled out of proposed deals for both Michael Essien and Arjen Robben when he thought that the asking price was too high. It is unlikely that the Scot will be pushed into any deal for Berbatov which would see last year's Premier League champions paying more than £25m.

After losing 2-1 at home in a lacklustre display against Sunderland, Spurs boss Juande Ramos now finds himself under increasing pressure. The sale of Robbie Keane and now the problems with Berbatov have left the Spaniard with only one striker - Darren Bent - ahead of Sunday's showdown with London rivals Chelsea.

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