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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Moses to push for move after Chelsea's bid

VICTOR Moses is ready to seek talks with Roberto Martinez about his future after Wigan accused Chelsea of making an "absolutely stupid" offer of less than £4million for the Nigeria international.

The bid, made yesterday, was immediately rejected and, with Chelsea expected to table an improved offer, it is understood that Moses is prepared to make it known to Martinez that he would like to leave.

Moses has only one year remaining on his contract but is not currently willing to accept the offer of an extended £20,000-a-week deal.

As Moses is only 21, he could not leave on a free transfer next season even if he runs his contract down.

Tribunal

Wigan, though, would still be far from certain to receive the sort of transfer fee that Chelsea are willing to pay if his value was decided by a tribunal.

When Daniel Sturridge left Manchester City for Chelsea in 2010, an initial down-payment of £3.5m was made although that could rise to £6.5m.

"I have not put a price tag on Victor but let's say that what Chelsea have offered is a lot less than £4million - that is absolutely stupid," said Whelan.

"Chelsea would need to get realistic before we would even listen to them. The offer that Chelsea have made is no good.

"It is way too low. It is rubbish. If the price is right we would actually consider letting him go, yes, we have to do that.

"I have said to Chelsea 'thank you for your offer but no'. What they are offering is not enough."

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