Tottenham playmaker Luka Modric is believed to have handed in a written transfer request in a bid to force through a transfer to London rivals Chelsea.
In a tug of war between the two sides, the Stamford Bridge club have made £22million and £25 million offers for the 25-year-old, but Spurs have rejected both and are intent on keeping the Croatian at White Hart Lane.
The former Dinamo Zabreb player, currently on a pre-season tour with his current employers in South Africa, is keen on a move to Andre Villas Boas’ side however, and both The Telegraph and the Daily Mail state that he handed in the request to leave to chairman Daniel Levy on Wednesday night.
With Michael Essien facing a spell of up to six months on the sidelines following a knee injury, Chelsea are determined to strengthen in midfield, and are expected to come back with a £30 million bid, which Harry Redknapp’s team would find hard to turn back.
The 2010/11 Premier League runners up have also been linked with a move for Scott Parker, with a year long loan deal from West Ham being speculated in the press. The Hammers are eager to secure a £4 million fee for the temporary move, and want the Premier League side to pay his £65,000 per week wages.