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Anzhi Refuse to Pay Tottenham’s £10.5m Asking Price For Defender

Russian club want to lure defender from White Hart Lane.

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Anzhi Makhachkala made a move for Tottenham defender Younes Kaboul but baulked at the Frenchman’s £10.5m asking price, according to French website Mercato 365.

The mega-rich Russian outfit are desperate for a new centre-half after losing former Blackburn Rovers star Christopher Samba to QPR last month.

Anzhi were left powerless to hold on to wantaway Samba after the Hoop’s met the Congo international’s £12 release-clause and Guus Hiddink’s side are now on the look out for a quality replacement.

The Russian transfer window remains open and the club moved for Kaboul but were put-off by Tottenham’s £10.5m asking-price for the 27-year-old, whose contract expires in 2014.

Anzhi were also reportedly surprised by Kaboul’s high wage demands which they judged to be unacceptable.

Kaboul has started just one Premier League game this season after being sidelined in August with a serious knee injury.

Fourth-place Spurs have coped in his absence, with Jan Vertonghen, Michael Dawson, Steven Caulker and William Gallas all enjoying game-time in the heart of the defence.

But Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas has admitted that he will not start next season with five centre-halves – although it has been widely speculated that Gallas, 35, rather than compatriot Kaboul, will be the man to depart.

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