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Redknapp pours scorn on Chelsea's new Modric offer

HARRY REDKNAPP last night ridiculed Chelsea's latest offer for Luka Modric and insisted that even a bid of over £30m would not be enough to tempt Tottenham to sell their star playmaker.

The Tottenham boss also claimed that chairman Daniel Levy is so intent on keeping Modric that a transfer request would not change the club's stance.

After having a £22m bid for Modric rejected last month, Chelsea reportedly returned with an improved £27m offer yesterday.

Redknapp had been scathing of Chelsea's approach for Modric, describing their opening offer for his midfield maestro as "farcical" and "a joke".

And he was just as unimpressed with the latest attempt to prise Modric away from Spurs.

"I still think £27m is a pretty poor offer for a player of that ability," he said.

"It wouldn't be anywhere near what I value him at if he was for sale -- but he is not for sale."

Modric is due to fly out to South Africa with Spurs today to play in a pre-season tournament.

Spurs suffered another potentially serious blow to their ambitions for next season yesterday when Sandro was forced to withdraw from Brazil's Copa America squad with a knee injury. There are fears that the 22-year-old has ruptured his meniscus.

•STOKE CITY have agreed a fee, believed to be £4m with add-ons of £2m, with West Ham for Carlton Cole. The striker, who is in Switzerland with the Hammers for a pre-season training camp, will hold talks with Stoke manager Tony Pulis upon his return.

Irish Independent