Sir Alex won't be held to ransom over transfer targets Modric, Tiote & Baines - report

Red Devils' boss is refusing to pay the price tags being demanded by Spurs, Newcastle and Everton, respectively - totalling nearly £72m - as he looks to strengthen this summer

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Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is refusing to be held to ransom in his pursuit of his club's summer transfer targets Luka Modric, Cheick Tiote and Leighton Baines.

After missing out on the Premier League title last season in a campaign without silverware, United are set to bolster their squad ahead of the forthcoming campaign.

The Belgian defender impressed against England and has stated his desire to move to Spurs

An Old Trafford source told The Daily Mail: “We have made enquiries for all three players [Modric, Tiote and Baines].

“But Sir Alex will not be paying these ridiculous fees.”

This reaction follows United's decision not to pursue the purchase of Eden Hazard from Lille, as both Manchester clubs refused to break the bank for the Belgian playmaker.

The source added: “The clubs may have acted independently but, for once, there was total agreement between United and City that, while Hazard is an exceptional talent, the figures were way over the top.”

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