Real Madrid renew their £15 bid for Wigan's Antonio Valencia

09 January 2009 10:12
The Star[LNB] reports that the Spanish champions have focused their attentions on Valencia after Aston Villa indicated they were unwilling to part with Ashley Young. [LNB]Madrid have already informed Wigan of their interest, but insist they will not pay over the odds for the Ecuadorean. [LNB]"We recognise the quality of the player, but we can't raise our bid, " said a Madrid source. [LNB]Meanwhile, Wigan manager Steve Bruce is optimistic about his side's chances against Tottenham on Sunday after a number of his senior players returned to fitness [LNB]'[Emile] Heskey, Amir Zaki and Mario Melchiot are all back training, and Ryan Taylor should be OK too after a bit of a hamstring problem,' said Bruce. [LNB]'Lee Cattermole is available after suspension while Paul Scharner came off with an Achilles problem at Spurs but will be all right for Sunday.' [LNB]Antoine Sibierski, the French forward who has been on loan at Norwich, will also return to the club following the completion of his spell at Carrow Road. [LNB]"Sibi is due to come back and I've no problem about that happening," added Bruce. [LNB]"The loan has served its purpose as Sibi has got some games under his belt and would be available for our squad. [LNB]"At the moment there hasn't been an approach from Norwich to take him for longer, so I assume he will come back to us.' [LNB]

Source: Telegraph