Wigan turn down offer for Chimbonda | World Soccer

Wigan have rejected a fresh approach by rival Premiership side Tottenham Hotspur to sign French World Cup squad member Pascal Chimbonda, reports said.

The latest Spurs bid for the 27-year-old full back involved a cash payment of £3.5million plus two players, former England midfielder Danny Murphy and Republic of Ireland midfielder Andy Reid.

But Wigan manager Paul Jewell has told Spurs chairman Daniel Levy he will accept nothing less than £6million for Chimbonda.

Chimbonda was signed from Bastia last summer for £500,000, and his rampaging performances down Wigan’s right-flank saw him earning a surprise call-up to the French World Cup squad.

“Pascal has come back and his agent was in my office when I spoke with Spurs and told them we wanted the full £6million for Chimbonda,” Jewell said.

“Spurs offered a couple of players. We couldn’t reach a deal and if we don’t get the full amount then the player stays where he is.

“We still think it’s a very fair valuation, and don’t forget many clubs were not keen to take a chance on him this time last year.”

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