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Inter deny reports of Spurs approach for Materazzi

Inter Milan have denied receiving an offer from Tottenham Hotspur or any other Premier League side for their Italy World Cup-winning defender Marco Materazzi.

Reports on Wednesday claimed the 35-year-old centre-back was a target of Spurs, Portsmouth and Manchester City in the January transfer market.

Materazzi's agent, Claudio Vigorelli, was quoted in the Italian press as saying Tottenham had been in contact with Inter over the player who was sent off four times during his time at Everton in the 1998-99 season.

However, Inter's sporting director Marco Branca insisted: ''We have not received any offers from any English teams for Marco Materazzi.

''Marco is under contract with Inter until June 2010. Usually the club's position regarding players like Marco is to keep them.''

Materazzi has struggled with injury this campaign, making just five league appearances for the Serie A leaders.

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