Premier League - Paper Round: Modric stalls on new deal
Sun, 25 Mar 09:32:00 2012
Midfield star Luka Modric is to delay signing a new contract at Tottenham until he knows who the manager is next season, according to the Sunday Mirror.
And the Croatia playmaker is not willing to discuss a new £140,000-a-week deal until he knows whether 'Arry is to remain at White Hart Lane - or if an acceptable successor is to be appointed.
Modric tried to force a £40 million move to Chelsea last summer, only for Spurs to dig their heels in - and chairman Daniel Levy now wants to tie him down to a new six-year deal despite securing the player's services until 2016 in 2010.
Spurs are the latest club to be linked with Newcastle striker Demba Ba, with Chelsea earlier said to be considering a swoop. The Senegalese, who signed from West Ham on a free last summer, has a £7m escape clause in his contract. (Sunday Express)
Athletic Bilbao's Javi Martinez is on Manchester City's hit-list after they watched the Spain midfielder on several occasions. City are willing to spend £25m on him. (Daily Star on Sunday)
City and rivals Manchester United will fight it out for Benfica winger Nicolas Gaitan, who is also valued at £25m. (Mirror)
Liverpool are considering a move for Anderlecht striker Matias Suarez, who has scored 18 goals in all competitions this season (Mirror).
West Brom and another unnamed Premier League club are also in for him, but his pricetag may put the Baggies off after Anderlecht coach Herman van Holsbeeck said: “There are 15 top clubs prepared to pay the money we want for Suarez and the fee could be higher than the money we received from Chelsea for Romelu Lukaku (£18m) last year.
"Matias could have gone to Russia in the winter and also Juventus, but his wife Magali did not want to go. Do I think Suarez is worth more than Lukaku? Well, technically he is a better player."
Newcastle are looking at PSV Eindhoven midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum, valued at £8-10m, in case midfield stars Cheikh Tiote and Yohan Cabaye are snapped up. (Star)
Tiote has been linked with a big-money move to Chelsea while there is plenty of interest from top Premier League clubs in Cabaye. The Toon are also looking at PSV left-back Erik Pieters.