Manchester United & Tottenham dealt blow in Pjanic race

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Manchester United and Tottenham are poised to receive a blow in their pursuit of Bosnia & Herzegovina midfielder Miralem Pjanic, who is close to agreeing a contract extension with AS Roma.

Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport reports that the 23-year-old will be offered a new five-year deal, which will see his wages boosted to €2.8m a season after tax.

The Serie A leaders are keen to tie down Pjanic, who has scored three goals and contributed three assists in nine appearances for the Giallorossi this season, after reports emerged that Premier League champions Manchester United were plotting a €30m bid for the Tottenham target.

And it's expected that the former Lyon star will put pen to paper on a new contract in November.

Pjanic's current contract at the Stadio Olimpico expires in 2015, so Roma will be keen to see this issue resolved before the turn of the new year.

The Bosnian is considered a key player at Roma, who have won all nine of their opening Serie A matches under new coach Rudi Garcia.

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