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By ESPN Staff
Aug 4, 2006

Chimbonda 'can't see' Spurs move happening

PARIS, Aug 4 (Reuters) - France defender Pascal Chimbonda is desperate to join Tottenham Hotspur from Wigan Athletic before the start of the Premier League season if he is to fulfil his international dreams.

'I would like the situation to be settled as soon as possible,' the 27-year-old Chimbonda told French sports daily L'Equipe on Friday, but he also fears the move will not take place because of the money Wigan are demanding for his transfer.

'I can't see a deal happening now because of the money Wigan are looking for me,' Chimbonda was quoted as telling Sky Sports.

'I am amazed that for a player who they bought for £400,000 ($590,000) 12 months ago, they are now demanding £5.25 million ($9.83 million).'

Chimbonda, who was voted the Premier League's best right back last season, has been linked with a move to White Hart Lane since May. The new season starts on Aug.19.

However the clubs have failed to reach an agreement. The initital feel would be around £3.75 million with a further £1.5 million in add-ons.

'It is very important for me to go to Tottenham. It's one of the top clubs in England and they play in the UEFA Cup,' said Chimbonda.

'And I want to be called again in the French squad. In Tottenham, I will be more visible.'

Chimbonda, who has been capped once by France, was a surprise call-up to the World Cup squad but did not make an appearance in the finals.