Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp says the club rejected a final bid from Chelsea for Luka Modric of £40 million on the eve of transfer deadline day.

Chelsea had reportedly had several bids turned down for the Croatian earlier this summer, but with 24 hours to go until the closing of the transfer window, refused to take heed of Spurs' warning that they would reject any further offers by lodging a final bid for the playmaker.

The Blues eventually turned their attention to Raul Meireles, and Redknapp hopes Modric can now move on following a hype on speculation this summer.


"Yeah, for sure," Redknapp said. "He has got two international games this week. There's good competition.

"The chairman stood firm over Luka," Redknapp added. "I think £40m was apparently offered yesterday. Whether that is true or not, it is what I heard.

"It is a big offer to turn down, that's for sure. I am delighted the little man is still here and hopefully he will have a great season for us.

While the club stood firm over Modric, Spurs found a similar stance from Bolton Wanderers a too big an optical is their bid to sign Gary Cahill.

"We've been trying to sign Gary Cahill, trying hard all day but Daniel Levy couldn't quite get it over the line," he said.

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