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ERIKSEN IN WAGES WAR.

Byline: JOHN CROSS

CHRISTIAN ERIKSEN is demanding PS150,000 a week to sign a new deal at Tottenham.

The Denmark midfield star is at loggerheads with the club, who hope to extend a contract which still has two years to run.

But his representatives are playing hardball by asking for a huge pay rise from PS32,00-a-week to almost double that of current top earner, Hugo Lloris. The stalemate has alerted Juventus, long-term admirers of the free-kick specialist, while Inter Milan are also interested.

an k Spurs remain optimistic about reaching agreement, with Erik Lamela and Jan Vertonghen also entering the final two years of their contracts.

b ) Keeper Lloris (above) said he has had talks about his future, although nothing is agreed despite him publicly insisting he wants to stay. But Tottenham have a strict policy on contracts which meant they missed out on long-term target Michy Batshuayi, who went to Chelsea, and they decided PS25million was too much Newcastle's Dutch star Georginio Wijnaldum. He joined Liverpool instead.

25mi for sWj inW chairm White Hart Lane chairman Daniel Levy operates a tight wage structure and is unlikely to be willing to go close to what Eriksen's advisers want.

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HARDBALL Spurs star Eriksen wants a massive hike in wages, or he'll go

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Aug 13, 2016
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