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Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp is in Milan to thrash out a loan deal for Inter forward Adriano but head coach Jose Mourinho has given no indication that he wants to strike a deal.

Redknapp was at the San Siro on Tuesday night as Inter beat Genoa 3-1 in the Coppa Italia, with Adriano getting the game's first goal.

Although the 26-year-old missed a penalty, his display was pleasing for former Chelsea manager Mourinho.

"Adriano did his job. He still has to improve his velocity and self-confidence but I'm satisfied with him and the whole team," Mourinho told Inter's website. "I'm not concerned about the missed penalty.

"We all make mistakes; the important thing is to have the right attitude, desire, respect for the team and the fans. If Adriano works like this, a missed penalty means nothing."

The 26-year-old had fallen out with Mourinho after repeatedly turning up late for training or arriving in an unfit state to train and Tottenham want to take the struggling striker on loan for six months.

Three years ago Adriano was one of the most revered strikers in Europe and Redknapp wants to resurrect the career of the Brazilian, who has scored an impressive 31 goals in 51 games for his country, at White Hart Lane.

But Adriano's agent Gilmar Rinaldi says there will be no deal for Adriano because "Mourinho has already said he wants Adriano at Inter.''

Meanwhile, the Gazzetta dello Sport suggest Spurs are interested is signing Inter's Argentine defender Nicolas Burdisso, but the North London club have yet to comment on the speculation.


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