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Manchester United will have to increase their offer for Michael Carrick to around £15million after Tottenham confirmed they have rejected a bid for the England midfielder.


Carrick, 24, is currently on England duty at the World Cup in Germany and was subject to a £10million bid to solve United's problem midfield area since the departure of Roy Keane.


"We can confirm we have rejected a bid from Manchester United for Michael Carrick," said a Spurs spokesman.


"Michael Carrick is a player we are not looking to sell."




It is understood Spurs - who are financially secure and do not need to sell Carrick - would only consider an offer of around £15million for the former West Ham midfielder.


Only a possible deal involving out-of-favour United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy could persuade the White Hart Lane club if United refuse to increase their initial offer.


Tottenham's Dutch coach Martin Jol is a known admirer of Holland international Van Nistelrooy, who was involved in an end-of-season bust-up with United boss Sir Alex Ferguson.


Ferguson has struggled to fill the void left by Keane in the heart of their midfield, and Carrick would offer a wider range of passing while also protecting the defence.


Former Hammers player Carrick has impressed as a defensive midfielder since moving to Spurs from Upton Park two seasons ago, earning four more England caps ahead of the World Cup after making two international appearances in 2001.


Ferguson has also been linked with a move for Mahamadou Diarra from French club Lyon who plays in a similar position to Carrick, while Spurs have been linked with Didier Zokora of St Etienne as a defensive replacement.

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Carrick - not for sale.



Tottenham manager Martin Jol on Sunday re-iterated Manchester United target Michael Carrick is not for sale - and maintained his side "cannot do without" the England midfielder.


United see Carrick, 24, as a the ideal replacement for Roy Keane, the no-nonsense Irishman who left the club last December following 12 seasons as the driving force at the heart of the team.


Spurs, though, have already rejected a £10million offer from Old Trafford and would not welcome any more approaches for a player they see as integral to the development of Jol's emerging side, who finished fifth in the Barclays Premiership last season.


Jol declared: "They put a bid in, we turned it down and that is it, because we do not want to lose a player like Michael Carrick.


"He was probably our best midfield player this season, so why should we sell him?"


Spurs bought Carrick from West Ham in a £2.75m deal in August 2004. Although a big-money transfer to United could represent a healthy profit, Jol has no intentions of dismantling his side.


Bulgarian striker Dimitar Berbatov has arrived this summer for £10.9m from Bayer Leverkusen and France Under-18 captain Dorian Dervitte from Ligue 1 side Lille as Jol looks to strengthen his squad ahead of their UEFA Cup campaign next season.


The Spurs boss said on BBC Radio Five Live's Sportsweek programme: "I have told my chairman Daniel [Levy] I want to keep him.


"We are building something, so I cannot do without him."


United are reportedly ready to increase the terms of their offer.


But while Jol accepts any player has his price, the Spurs manager is not looking to cash in on one of the club's prized assets.


Jol said: "You can go on and on, and that is what they always do, but I think I was pretty clear - we do not want to sell him, the board do not want to sell him; Michael Carrick has got a contract for another two years, so that is the situation.


"The chairman is a Spurs fans as well and he is always listening - that was his reaction as well, that we do not want to sell him because Michael Carrick did well for us."


Carrick is currently away on international duty at the World Cup, but Jol maintains the midfielder will be all too aware of just how highly regarded he is by everyone at White Hart Lane.


Jol noted: "Michael knows when he came to our club, Pedro Mendes was playing there as well, and Mendes was a terrific player. I made a choice for Michael, and he knows that.


"He made progress, so he owes this club.


"Spurs are a great club, he knows that, he is telling everybody.


"It is always difficult, because you have specific feelings if a big club is coming in - but I think we will do maybe a good job in the next couple of seasons and he will be happy at Spurs."

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Manchester United's reported new bid of £15million for Tottenham's England midfielder Michael Carrick has been met with silence from inside White Hart Lane.


Spurs rejected United's initial offer of £10million last week and would not be drawn on the latest speculation involving the former West Ham player.


Manager Martin Jol has insisted the player will not be allowed to leave and the Dutchman added he had the backing of chairman Daniel Levy over the issue.


But talks over a new, longer term, deal for Carrick appear to have been put on hold.


The negotiations were due take place this summer after Carrick returned from duty with England in the World Cup but the club are understood to have offered the player vastly improved terms following United's interest.


Spurs are almost certain to place more pressure on Carrick and his advisors to step up negotiations in order to fend off the Red Devils.


Carrick still has two years of his contract remaining and Jol would like the player to pledge his future to the club in the same way Ledley King and Robbie Keane did towards the end of the season.


Indeed, Jol insists it is time for Carrick to show some loyalty after his place at the World Cup in Germany was aided by being an automatic choice for the Spurs first team ahead of Dutch international Edgar Davids for much of last season.


Spurs know Carrick's value will depreciate greatly in the next 12 months if he refuses to sign an extension to his current contract and they could lose him for nothing in two years.


Does any1 think he will leave?

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Many people laughed when Chelsea signed Lampard from west ham for 11m, Lampard then was just A fringe Player, who would have thought He would go on to become 2nd in the World Player Of The Year, The same thing could happen to Carrick, and they say u are only as good as your team, I like Carrick but Man U still need to sign A Roy Keane-type player, maybe they already have one with Alan Smith but at least Carrick is English and he could deffentily break into the England team in A few years to replace Lampard who by the next World cup could be to old, so on a positive note I think Carrick could turn into a very good buy For United

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TAKE THAT £18 M fee with a pinch of salt, if its anything like the Rooney deal it goes something like this...............


3 mill................. Down payment

1 mill................. utd win the League cup

1 mill..................utd win the FA cup

3 mill..................utd win premiership

3 mill..................utd win EURO cup

1 mill................. if he signs another contract

1 mill..................if he gets 20 caps for england

1 mill..................if he gets Another 20 caps

1 mill..................if he gets married to a manchester girl

1 mill................. for every child they have in manchester.


£18 MILLION MY ARSE.. :o ........Like us , Spurs will be lucky if they see half the money.

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Heres some OPTA STATS about carrick:


Long passes attempted

1. Carrick: 788

2. Carragher: 762

3: Lampard: 729


Succesful long passes

1. Carrick: 567

2. Alonso: 559

3: Hyypia: 527



1. Drogba: 11

2. Reyes: 10

3. Rooney: 9

16. Carrick: 6


Chances made

1. Carrick: 62

2. Rooney: 60

3. Drogba: 45


Shots on target

1. V Nistelroy: 55

2. Henry: 53

3. Rooney: 48

103. Carrick: 43



1. Terry: 1790/ 88.5%

2. Duff: 502/ 88.4%

3. Scholes: 1196/ 88.2%

48. Carrick: 1838/ 80.0%



1. McCann: 177

2. Savage: 167

3. Alonso: 167

16: Carrick: 135


Tackles won

1. Alonso: 126

2. Kishishev: 122

3. McCann: 119

16. Carrick: 100


Hes got pretty good stats there

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SIR ALEX FERGUSON has insisted Michael Carrick is no Roy Keane.



At a press conference to unveil new £18.6Million signing Carrick, the United manager said he had found it difficult to replace ex-captain Keane and was looking to add more players to his Old Trafford squad.


The United boss said: "The midfield area was something that we maybe had to bolster.


"We kept saying about replacing Roy Keane and that kind of thing, you can't replace Roy Keane, we've been trying for five years."


Ferguson is looking for Carrick to bring his passing game to the United midfield.


"Michael's an excellent footballer and a very, very good passer of the ball.

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