Tottenham's quest to sign a new defender was rejected in a telephone rant by a madcap club owner - from his prison cell.
Spurs are looking to bring in a centre-half following Steven Caulker's surprise sale to Cardiff City.
They thought they had completed the deal after a £7 million offer for Romania international Vlad Chiriches was accepted by Steaua Bucharest.
But a disagreement about the timing of the transfer led Steaua's eccentric owner Gigi Becali to renege on the deal, in a furious telephone call from his prison cell.
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