Transfer Talk: Moyes not getting any Cesc, Bale out deal and Celtic lodge paltry bid for Doyle
Moyes looks to be resigned to a Cesc-less life, but has a replacement lined up, while Tottenham might have a lot more zeroes in their bank account come the close of the window
David Moyes is said to be ready to give up his beloved Cesc Fabregas as it looks like Barcelona are not going to sell. They fancy hanging on to the man from La Masia, and after a very public pursuit, he's admitted that a third bid looks unlikely.
Thankfully, however, he can now turn his attentions to another player in Spain, but this time at Real Madrid. His name is Luka, and he is their second choice. He used to play at Spurs for years, yes I think you've seen him before. It's Luka Modric, and apparently they're going to offer £25 million for him.
The papers are not quite decided on what exactly is happening at White Hart Lane yet, but most of them seem fairly certain that Madrid are going to launch another bid, this time for the princely sum of £95 million.
Daniel Levy pulled the ultimate "angry chairman" move and cut short his holiday to come back and deal with the whole situation, and according to The Times he'll tell Bale that there won't be any gentleman's agreement between the two about Bale staying for one more season before heading to Spain. Meanwhile, The Daily Mail claim that Spurs will let him leave if Real offer £85 million and a player for him.
Liverpool are looking to Portugal to add a bit more strength and depth to their squad as they hope to sign Benfica left-back Lorenzo Melgarejo to give cover to Jose Enrique.
The David Luiz to Bayern Munich story rumbles on today also, as it looks as though Bayern are preparing a raid, or possibly even a swoop to bring the Brazilian to the Bundesliga. There have been plenty of reports that Mourinho doesn't like him, but the board at Chelsea seem pretty set on making sure that they hang on to their man, despite a £38 million bid.
The Kevin Doyle saga looks to be taking a turn for the worse as Celtic have lodged a very, very low bid for the Irishman. According to The Independent, Wolves have turned down a bid of just £500,000 for the man who was once linked with Arsenal, which seriously undervalues him we think, and Wolves obviously agree. Other Irish players possibly on the move are Stephen Hunt and Keith Andrews, both of whom have been strongly linked with Blackpool in recent weeks. Hunt's deal looks to be all but complete, but Andrews may yet be a few weeks away from signing on the dotted line.
In other news, Newcastle have gotten a very firm 'non' in their pursuit of Batefembi Gomis, and will need to up their offer, Nani could be headed to France as Monaco claim that they've been offered his services and Manchester City will look to tighten the purse strings again after defender Matija Nastasic was, according to The Sun not just injured but "crocked", and they'll obviously go low budgets as they look to get in another centre back. Poor old Pellegrini will be counting the pennies in the piggy bank to come up with the cash for a replacement, we're sure.