David Moyes has slammed Tottenham Hotspur for an ‘insulting and disrespectful’ bid for Phil Neville on transfer deadline day.
Spurs were linked with the Toffees skipper throughout January as Harry Redknapp looked to add some versatility to his squad, and having had a bid knocked back on Saturday, returned with an improved offer on Monday.
Moyes was unhappy with the ‘surprising’ nature of the bid, claiming Spurs had upped their Â£250,000 starting bid to Â£500,000.
“We have had an offer from tottenham of Â£250,000 which we received on Saturday afternoon. Then it was upped to Â£500,000 on Monday morning,” Moyes said.
“I think that is insulting. It was Â£250,000 on Saturday afternoon when I was leaving the ground and they upped it to Â£500,000 on Monday morning. That was Â£250,000 now and Â£250,000 ppaid in a year’s time.
“There is no reaction to that. I think an offer like that for Everton’s captain is a disrespectful offer to the club and I think it is a disrespectful offer for a player of Phil’s qualities.
“I could understand it if he had six months to go on his contract, but he has 18 months to go and has played more or less every game for Everton. I think it is as surprising an offer as I have known in my career.
“I spoke to Harry on Saturday afternoon. He made the bid. We had a bit of banter about horses and things. There has been a lot of people saying things, but Saturday 4pm was the first time we had an offer.”
Redknapp confirmed Spurs’ bid for Neville in order to add a single player capable of playing in numerous positions to his squad.
“We made an offer to Everton, but if David doesn’t want to sell him, that’s fine.”
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