Tottenham refuse to admit defeat in their pursuit of Rangers fullback Alan Hutton.

The Sunday Express says Hutton was originally reluctant to complete a £9million switch to Spurs, prompting Rangers to announce the player had formally turned down the Premier League club.

But Tottenham yesterday continued negotiations and believe 23-year-old Hutton was warming to the idea of linking up with manager Juande Ramos at White Hart Lane.