Eric Dier latest: What happens when Tottenham refuse to sell a player?

first_img 5 5 5 Luka Modric (2011/12) – One of Europe’s finest midfielders, it’s no wonder Tottenham tried so hard to not only keep the Croatian, but stop him joining Premier League rivals Chelsea. Signed in 2009, Modric was a wanted man by 2011, with Sir Alex Ferguson suggesting he should have been named the Premier League’s Player of the Year for the 2010/11 campaign, and the Blues bidding around £22m for his services. Spurs held firm, putting a £45m tag on the player, despite Modric asserting he had a gentleman’s agreement with chairman Daniel Levy he would be allowed to move to a ‘big club’, but even a £40m offer from the Blues, and a transfer request from the player couldn’t force a deal. A year later, Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho set his sights on the Croat, and Modric skipped training before managing to get out of Spurs’ US tour. Eventually, though, a £30m deal was agreed, and the superstar got his move. Niko Kranjcar (2012) – Harry Redknapp usually has his favourites, and the Croat was certainly one of them, so it’s no surprise he refused to sell the player to Queens Park Rangers in January 2012. Kranjcar’s unhappiness told, though, and seeing chances limited by Gareth Bale’s blossoming career, he left for Dynamo Kiev in the summer. A year later, QPR would eventually sign the skilful midfielder, with Redknapp, having moved clubs, taking him to Loftus Road on loan for two campaigns. Michael Carrick (2006) – With the central midfielder on international duty with England at the 2006 World Cup, Manchester United slapped in a £15m bid for the player, which was swiftly rejected by Spurs. “Michael Carrick is a player we are not looking to sell,” claimed a spokesman. Just over a month later, a deal rising to £18m was done, but not without leaving its mark. Sir Alex Ferguson would later comment on how hard it was to get a deal done, with Tottenham moving the goalposts just as it looked like the move was about to go through. 5 Dimitar Berbatov (2008) – Spurs pipped Manchester United to the signing of the Bulgarian striker back in 2006 and, as soon as the player hit the ground running, it was obvious the Red Devils would come back for their man. In the summer of 2007, Tottenham managed to beat away enquiries about the player and refused to sell, but a year further down the line Man United were irresistible for Berbatov. Spurs complained to the FA as Sir Alex Ferguson publicly insisted a deal for the striker was likely, submitting a year’s worth of evidence, but it was to no avail as Fergie eventually got his man. A bid from Manchester City, and an enquiry from Real Madrid, on transfer deadline day forced Man United to up their offer and Spurs, happy with a £30.75m fee and knowing Berbatov would not meet with City, allowed the player to leave and dropped the complaint too. Gareth Bale (2013) – The Welshman’s stunning transformation from promising left-back to superstar attacker was a wonderful thing to watch for Spurs fans, especially as, prior to an injury to Benoit Assou-Ekotto, it appeared Harry Redknapp was about to put him on the scrapheap. By the summer of 2013, both Manchester United and Real Madrd wanted Bale, but Spurs weren’t willing to sell to the Red Devils following previous issues with the club. Real were the frontrunners and were clearly ready to spend a world record fee for the player, who missed training and friendlies with a buttock injury, but Daniel Levy was ready to be a pain in the arse. The chairman played hardball on several occasions, even demanding the winger return to White Hart Lane after hearing Real had already set up a stage at the Bernabeu to present their soon-to-be record signing, but it was all just posturing and on September 1, 2013, the deal was done. 5 Tottenham Hotspur are, once again, standing firm in the face of transfer interest in one of their stars.It’s hardly a rare occurrence; even in their toughest times during the Premier League era at least a top club has coveted one of their players.Currently Eric Dier is flavour of the month and Manchester United want to sign the versatile England international.Some reports suggest Dier may want a move to the club he supported as a boy, but others say he’s happy with the club and Tottenham won’t entertain any bids.But what has happened on previous occasions when Spurs have refused to sell a wanted player?Click the right arrow above to find out…last_img read more