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Blues set to launch new Modric offer

CHELSEA may be in Thailand but their eyes remain firmly on the transfer market, and they appear ready to deliver a third and final bid for Luka Modric this week after Tottenham began to show signs of relenting in their attempts to keep the unsettled Croatian midfielder.

The Blues have been encouraged by Harry Redknapp’s comments before the weekend, when the Spurs manager admitted for the first time that the club might be forced to sell Modric. Spurs chairman Daniel Levy had insisted Modric was not for sale at any price and turned down offers of £22m and £27m from the Stamford Bridge outfit.

Spurs stayed firm even when the 25-year-old handed in a transfer request in an attempt to force a move. However, Redknapp appeared to signal a change of stance when he said the situation was a “difficult one for Luka and a difficult one for Spurs”. He stressed he wanted to keep Modric but “it wasn’t his decision at the end of the day” so “we’ll have to wait and see”.

Redknapp also said he felt Modric was worth an “awful” lot more than £35m.

One piece of business they have completed is the signing of Romeu Oriol from Barcelona, a deal that is likely to dampen a desire to re-sign Scott Parker.

Enrique hits out at Toon

NEWCASTLE’S hopes of persuading Jose Enrique to sign a new contract look forlorn after the full-back used Twitter last night to air his grievances at the club’s transfer policy.

The Spaniard, who has been linked with a move away from St James’s Park for most of this summer, accused his employers of a lack of ambition and claims he had been offered no improvement on his current salary.

Enrique claimed: “The club is allowing all the major players of the team to go. Do you think it is the fault of the players? Andy (Carroll), Nobby (Kevin Nolan) etc etc. This club will never again fight to be among the top six again with this policy.”