Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Spurs Told to Double Their Bid to Land Reid

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Spurs Told to Double Their Bid to Land Reid

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Byline: ADRIAN CURTIS

TOTTENHAM acting manager David Pleat tried to offload talented youngster Rohan Ricketts in a bid to sign Nottingham Forest's Andy Reid.

Forest manager Joe Kinnear, a former Spurs fullback, today confirmed that the Londoners were prepared to offer Ricketts as part of a [pounds sterling]5million-plus deal for the highly-rated winger.

Dean Marney, Johnnie Jackson and Stephen Kelly have all come through the ranks since Pleat took over as caretaker boss following the dismissal of Glenn Hoddle last September but Ricketts has been frozen out under him and the White Hart Lane crowd favourite has only just returned to the firstteam fold.

Pleat, who admitted his side are in a relegation dogfight after Saturday's 2-0 defeat at Bolton, offered Ricketts to Forest in a bid to bring Reid to the club. But Kinnear has warned Spurs it will cost them [pounds sterling]10m to land the Republic of Ireland international.

Spurs made their original bid in the January transfer window before Paul Hart was sacked and Kinnear installed as his replacement.

Kinnear said: "Spurs tabled a bid before I arrived as manager so I phoned David Pleat to ask what the score was - and it was [pounds sterling]5m plus Ricketts. [pounds sterling]5m? If Reidy were to go we'd be looking for more than that. At his young age he's got to be up there at [pounds sterling]10m."

Spurs also look to have lost the race for PSV's Mark van Bommel despite the player insisting he was ready to hold talks with the club this week. Aston Villa are today understood to have agreed a fee for the Dutchman.

Bolton manager Sam Allardyce has warned Spurs about the task facing them as they prepare for difficult games against champions elect Arsenal and Champions League-chasing Aston Villa.

He said: "Spurs need one more win to make them safe and it's up to David Pleat to sort out whether his players are capable of fighting their way out. …

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