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Chelsea bid £40m for Modric - Redknapp

ESPN staff
August 31, 2011

Chelsea tabled a last-gasp £40 million offer for midfielder Luka Modric on Wednesday, according to Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp.

The Blues have embarked on a summer-long pursuit of Modric, but Spurs have been adamant throughout that they will not sell the Croatia international at any price, despite his desire to leave.

Nonetheless, it seems Chelsea attempted to test their resolve before the August transfer window closes.

"Forty million apparently was offered yesterday - whether it's true or not, that's what I heard," Redknapp told Sky Sports News. "It's a big offer to turn down, that's for sure. I'm delighted the little man's still here and hopefully he'll have a big season for us.

"[For sure] he'll be able to get his head down now."

Meanwhile, Redknapp confirmed Tottenham failed to agree a deal with Bolton Wanderers for England defender Gary Cahill, which also scuppers Sebastian Bassong's proposed move from Spurs to QPR.

"That one's off," Redknapp said. "To be honest when we couldn't get Gary Cahill we had to pull the plug on Seb going to QPR. It was a bit unfortunate for Neil Warnock and I felt sorry for Neil because he was looking to sign Seb on a loan deal or semi-permanent deal almost but once Gary Cahill fell through we couldn't let him go."

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