Spurs cool Routledge interest

Last updated : 25 January 2005 By Nik Taylor

It’s looking like Spurs have given up with their attempts to sign Wayne Routledge on the cheap, after Simon Jordan laughed off two derisory bids.

Tottenham made an initial punt of £1.5 million, an offer which was later upped to £2 million on Saturday evening, after Routledge had helped destroy Spurs’ defence.

But reports are that Jordan will only be persuaded to sell for roughly twice that figure, and is happy to hold onto the winger and take his chances at a transfer tribunal in the summer – when Routledge will be out of contract.

"We have turned down an increased bid from Tottenham," Jordan said.

"Spurs approached me after the game and we talked, but they have not offered us anywhere near enough money for a player we want to keep at the club.

"They need to come back with more. The offer made on Saturday is not acceptable and the ball is still in their court."