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Manchester City and Spurs go head-to-head at Eastlands in what could be a fourth place decider – Simon Hopper previews the betting.

Manchester City are considering legal action over Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp’s claims that they forced Spurs to drop their efforts to sign Craig Bellamy.

Redknapp claims City threatened to out-bid Tottenham for then-Wigan midfielder Wilson Palacios if Spurs tried to sign West Ham’s Bellamy in January 2009.

“City said: ‘If you do not drop out of Bellamy, we are going to sign Palacios’,” said Redknapp.

City have instructed their lawyers to look at Redknapp’s comments.

Striker Bellamy moved to Manchester City from West Ham in a deal thought to be worth £14m on 19 January 2009, two days before Palacios completed a £12m switch to Tottenham.

“They said: “If you pull out of Bellamy, we will pull out of Palacios and then we both get a player,” said Redknapp.

“We had no choice really. They just said ‘We will blow you out of the water’.

“They have got the backing, they have got the clout to do that, they can do it if they want somebody.”

Tottenham play City on Wednesday in a match that may decide fourth place.

Redknapp’s side travel to Eastlands in possession of the final Champions League qualification spot with City just a point behind.

Manchester City and Spurs go head-to-head at Eastlands in what could be a fourth place decider – Simon Hopper previews the betting.

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