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  • v. to make an approach to a player, under contract to another club, in order to attempt to negotiate a transfer


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  • "West Ham suspect he has been tapped up by Spurs, who have already infuriated Portsmouth, Middlesbrough and Sunderland this month with their moves for Jermain Defoe, Stewart Downing and Kenwyne Jones. Hammers boss Gianfranco Zola spoke yesterday as though Bellamy had gone, but West Ham are determined not to sell to their London rivals after yesterday's episode, which will invite an improved offer from City.


    'We haven't tapped anyone up,' said Redknapp. 'I don't want to work like that. I haven't done anything wrong. If Craig Bellamy says he wants to go to Tottenham because someone has told him we've made an offer - and so have Man City - then that's up to him. It's not my fault.'"

    - Matt Barlow, 'Bellamy on strike: Walk-out coincides with Spurs' £12m move',, 16 January 2009.

    January 17, 2009