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Harry Redknapp Knows Nothing About Luka Modric's Transfer Situation

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If I've learned anything from the extended Luka Modric chase, it's that Harry Redknapp is professionally ignorant:

I've not heard of another bid [from Chelsea]. When they signed [Juan] Mata I thought that might be the end of it but people tell me they are looking still to bring Luka in and really strengthen their team.I can well see them looking to chase Luka but we really want to keep him here and add one or two players to our squad to make us stronger.

-Source: Sky Sports.

It's kind of funny how people are reporting this too - Harry Redknapp denying knowledge of a third Modric bid is most emphatically not the same as him denying that there's been a third Modric bid. I don't know why anyone is surprised that Redknapp wouldn't know about it, considering he had a Manchester United match to prepare for without his best player. One might have imagined that he would be slightly more concerned about that* than about whether or not Chelsea have bid £30M for a guy who wasn't even travelling with the team.

*PS: Having covered the United-Spurs game for the big site, I can confidently say that even with Modric, Tottenham would still have been dire.

For my part, I think that the Blues have probably submitted a new bid, and although the media are saying that it's 30M with Yossi Benayoun not involved, that makes pretty much no sense - it's more than likely to be £30M plus the israeli midfielder, who has apparently told friends that he's expecting a move to White Hart Lane shortly. we'll have more of an idea whether or not the 31-year-old is on the move when Juan Mata is announced as a Chelsea player, because rumour would have it that the Spaniard has been assigned Benayoun's #10. Taking away a guy's number is a good indication that someone's moving on.