City turn down nearly 10m worth of bids

Last updated : 01 September 2008 By Michael Morris
The offers have come in this week from undisclosed clubs with the bid for Ledley said to have been in writing. Everton are the team thought to be after Joe while WBA and Stoke are also rumoured.

"We have had two offers for separate players this week, one for £5m and another at £4m said Peter Ridsdale.

"We have discussed the two offers at boardroom level and unanimously turned them down.
"The key factor is that our manager, Dave Jones, wants to keep this squad
together and believes we will challenge for promotion.
"The Board decision was to back the manager 100 per cent. Our stance on
offers for key players remains unchanged. None of them will be sold ... at
any price."

The transfer window closes on Monday so it's likely that further offers may come in. Peter Ridsdale has also said that City have already sold enough players to cover the wage bill. So no more need to be sold.

"I don't care if the clubs come back with a higher offer, the answer would be the same.

"They are not going anywhere and I've made it clear to the boys, to their agents and to the clubs - they are under contract.

"I've made it a clear that we have to sell up to a certain value each summer to afford our wage bill," said Ridsdale. "But we have already done that.

"After that we have to factor in the implication of what it would cost to replace the players."