Spurs aim to rebuff Reds

Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham have told Manchester United they will have to pay £30million for Dimitar Berbatov, according to reports.

Reds boss Sir Alex Ferguson is ready to raid White Hart Lane again for the talented 27-year-old but has already seen his opening bid of £20million knocked back by Spurs boss Juande Ramos.

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy came in for heavy criticism from supporters when he offloaded Michael Carrick to Old Trafford for £18.6million two years ago and is unlikely to let Berbatov go on the cheap.

Ferguson is keen to bring in a focal point to his attacking options and is a big fan of Bulgaria international Berbatov, who has averaged more than goal every other game since arriving from Bayer Leverkusen two years ago.

Tottenham need the funds for manager Ramos to bring in his own strikers and could also lose Robbie Keane to Premier League rivals Liverpool.