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Carrick cash gives Tottenham spending power

Tottenham will rekindle their interest in Wigan defender Pascal Chimbonda and Middlesbrough winger Stewart Downing after selling Michael Carrick to Manchester United for £15million.

Carrick will complete his move to Old Trafford on Monday after agreeing personal terms and completing a medical.

Carrick, who turned 25 yesterday, rejected a new deal at Spurs to join United.

The former West Ham midfielder had two years left on his current Spurs contract but brought negotiations to halt and admitted he wanted to leave the club for United.

Tottenham made a profit of just over £12million on the England international and already have Ivory Coast international Didier Zokora as a ready-made replacement.

Martin Jol, who failed to hide his disappointment at Carrick's decision to walk out on Spurs, will now use the cash to seal Chimbonda's move to White Hart Lane.

The Tottenham coach had wanted Carrick to return the loyalty shown to him by the club's management after his arrival at the club from West Ham.

Jol regularly picked Carrick ahead of previous first team star Pedro Mendes, who later left for Portsmouth, and in preference to Edgar Davids last season.

Disappointed Jol said: 'This is a move that Michael wants to make. We have given him every reason to stay, but he has asked to be allowed to leave.'

Tottenham fought hard to keep Carrick after they dismissed United's initial offer of £10million earlier this summer.

But the player's request to leave for United left the club in a no-win situation.

However, Jol now has the chance to meet Wigan's valuation of Chimbonda after they turned down Tottenham's initial £2million offer.

The defender is due to return to Wigan this weekend and has not changed his mind about moving after handing in a transfer request last May.

The 27-year-old is determined to move to a bigger club despite Wigan boss Paul Jewell admitting he is ready to offer the player a lucrative new deal in an effort to keep him.

Chimbonda's switch to London was made all the more likely after Tottenham target Curtis Davies signed a new four-year deal with West Brom on Friday.

The 21-year-old, who impressed in the Barclays Premiership last season as Albion were relegated, pledged his future to the club until 2010.

Tottenham's search for a left-sided midfielder will again focus on Downing after they failed to persuade Chelsea's Damien Duff to make the switch across London.

Tottenham are understood to have had at least one bid rejected by Middlesbrough and new boss Gareth Southgate insists he wants the player, who has four years left on his current contract, to stay on Teesside.

However, Boro might find it difficult to resist a vastly increased offer for the winger from Spurs who are desperate to find an answer to their lack of balance on the left.