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Lets get Ready to Rumble!

It seems that the media and many respected ITKs are claiming that a deal is done to finally take our Croatian rebel to Spain, and of course it is not before time.

I have to confess to being a little confused at both the media's assessment of the price Real are to pay and also the criticism of Daniel Levy for either going back on a (suggested) word of not selling for anything less than £40m and even selling himself and the club short by 'giving the player away for peanuts'. Perhaps we will have to ultimately sell for less than Chelsea offered last summer, but I was always led to believe that the suggested £40m quoted then was highly inflated and also subject to any number of add ons to make up the potential figure. For example, Chelsea would have to win the Champions league as if that was likely…

Levy may sometimes be guilty of holding onto a player for too long to the detriment of a managers needs, in mine and many others opinion, but the reality and by reputation, our Chairman isn't famed for his generosity or lack of ability to squeeze every last penny from any deal. Sometimes that works against us on the playing front, but on the balance sheet, you feel he gets it right far more often that he gets it wrong. Time will tell whether this is one of the minority of poor deals, or the figures are way off the mark, but those same papers that a couple of weeks ago claimed we had declined a £28m initial deal are now talking about our agreeing one for 23m. Am I missing something?

Personally I believe the deal will recoup around double what we paid for him four years ago, and that is probably the realistic figure at around £32m. When we initially discussed his leaving at the end of the season, I suggested that his par value was about the same as Eden Hazard and I believe that will be the case here. Our No14 is a very good player, but for me not a great one and if that fee is what we will receive, then I feel we have god good, if not great value for the player.

Whatever monies have been gained from Madrid's bulging coffers, will now surely open the flood-gates for our own spending. Will we now see the confirmation of Moutinho, Adebayor and several other players touted to join the AVB revolution? There is of course a sensibility that any deal looks better if the replacement is cheaper and of course at least on a par with the departed player. Would selling the Croatian playmaker for £25m look acceptable if we bought in the Portuguese playmaker in for £15m and got Adebayor as well? I have always tried to look at the overall picture when it comes to buying and selling and the real issue is what profit or loss you have when ALL deals are done. It isn't all about one individual sale.

You assume that any incoming player will be too late to face Newcastle, but with two weeks before the deadline day, you feel we have to get things moving or suffer as a consequence, at least in the short term. Will we see any announcement of our No14 leaving today or tomorrow? I somehow feel that we wont hear a thing until we have signed his replacement and probably another striker as well. That is not only good and sensible business, but also the best way to keep the fans happy and the clubs reputation in a positive light, which is vitally important for any club that wants to be considered as one of the big players...



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Writer:OxfordSpur
Date:Thursday August 16 2012
Time: 11:56AM

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First game this weekend!
Madaboutspurs
16/08/2012 11:57:00
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All is left too late again. Status quo maintained by our club. We'll be signing players on the last day, I'm afraid. Call me a pessimist
Madaboutspurs
16/08/2012 11:59:00
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It's the annual guessing game. How many points will we have lost before the side gets settled on Sept 1?
Innispurs
16/08/2012 11:59:00
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Still, I am cautiously optimistic about our upcoming season. Don't know why, but I am. :-)
Madaboutspurs
16/08/2012 12:00:00
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Dont believe a word Sky Sports say, but deal is done reckon it more to the tune of 28 - 30mil up front with another 3-5mil in add ons....Also i doubt we will stamp the deal until replacement are in, so hopefully with the world and FC Porto thinking that we have sold for 23.6mill we may get Moutinho for about 22mil....i very much doubt they would accept that but i dont think he is worth much more than that....hopefully Ade will be tied up in time for our 2nd game COYMFS!!! letsa getda ball rolling!
JattYid
16/08/2012 12:03:00
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Farewell Modders thanks for the memories pitty about how it ended! Still can't be all bad if we double our money!
Slurms McKenzie
16/08/2012 12:03:00
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Who needs another striker just get Defoe to fire them in like the one he scored last night!
Slurms McKenzie
16/08/2012 12:04:00
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More respectable news channels such as Bloombergs & CNN are reporting the fee with add-on's to total 55million USD, which is just shy of 35mil GBP -- this to me sounds about right and sounds like a decent piece of business. Now let's get on with it. I don't expect to see much before Saturday's game though news that Ade will start up-front wouldn't go amiss. Cesar / Mouthino / Coulliby can all sign on Monday!
Cape Town Spurs
16/08/2012 12:05:00
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I heard a rumour that Modders has gone on strike again because he doesn't want to leave the club now!
Slurms McKenzie
16/08/2012 12:05:00
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Don't care if Levy has sold himself short in the £'s, which i doubt very much, knowing or a least reading about his deals. So ModRID the little croatian pain is of to Spain, at least he (Levy) stood by his word, never selling to a rival, never thought for one minute we would get Ronaldo in the deal!!!!
spu 4 life
16/08/2012 12:07:00
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Chris Samba, Craig Bellemy and Frazier Cambell here we come.... Seriously, M'Vila or Moutinho and Adebayor I can see, nothing more though unless more leave, J3n4s, Bentley, Bassoon, Gio etc
Manx Yid
16/08/2012 12:07:00
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or offfff bloody key pad
spu 4 life
16/08/2012 12:09:00
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I wonder if they pass around a leaving card and get a gift at football clubs like they do when someone leaves an office job!? Can imagine the heartfelt message Levy would write lol
JattYid
16/08/2012 12:10:00
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So modders is gone now we can move on! After three months of will he won't he all that spurs have gained is the guts of thirty million and an even bigger hole in our squad.
Slurms McKenzie
16/08/2012 12:10:00
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The only positive is that Real madrid have gotten a very big A-hole in their squad as well!
Slurms McKenzie
16/08/2012 12:11:00
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Cape Town Spurs - sounds more like it, though levy may post ''Undisclosed fee'' so the others don't know what we have in the kitty to spend?
spu 4 life
16/08/2012 12:12:00
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the other positive Slurms is RVP is leaving the Ar5e.
Manx Yid
16/08/2012 12:13:00
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Nice, not a single post is spitting feathers, you should read Vital Arse on Van Pervert, people wishing he breaks his legs etc
spu 4 life
16/08/2012 12:14:00
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Lets just hope we sound out our targets before bidding. Last thing we need is more embarrassing press about how we bid (x)million but the player had no intention of joining us. Makes us sound like a small club run by rank amateurs.
Spurs Allday
16/08/2012 12:15:00
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Jattyid thats a nice image the boys all chipping in a fiver or tenner and buying him a little card and a momento of his time there...
Slurms McKenzie
16/08/2012 12:15:00
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Guys - Do you honestly think Levy hasn't learned by the berbatov saga? That is why he has gone now so we can get a replacement in. Personally i think the reason the Modric thing has come to light is that we have a replacement lined up and it will be announced when they pass a medical and agree terms. The Modric deal states that he cannot leave for real until we have a suitable replacement so expect one to be announced soon. Also i think the reason we haven't signed anyone high profile is that we had to wait to see how much Modric fetched to ass to the transfre kitty. £10M extra means a Llorente rather than a Sessegnon!!!
woodyn17
16/08/2012 12:17:00
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Could also see Gio going to Inter and Hudd to West Ham if rumors are true.
Spurs Allday
16/08/2012 12:17:00
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Can't blame ModRID, Warm weather, maybe a nice little pad in Madrid, decent money, CL football every season until he leaves or retires, winning a few trophies, if you was single, the odd good looking young lady, yeah sounds right up my street :-)
spu 4 life
16/08/2012 12:18:00
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woodyn17 levy hasn't learned from the berbatov saga because he still hasn't replaced berbatov!
Slurms McKenzie
16/08/2012 12:18:00
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hasta pronto,nos vemos,buenas dias modric.thanks for the last few years and i wish you the best for the future.....NOW CAN WE PLEASE SIGN SOME PLAYERS AND MOVE ON...!?!(sigh).
g. roberts testes
16/08/2012 12:18:00
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The only player not at the club right now that could hit the ground running this weekend is Ade, but how match fit is he? So I guess its safe to start naming our starting XIs.
Bajan Spur
16/08/2012 12:18:00
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If Modds has add-on deals that earn us more money depending on appearances, trophies etc at RM, let's hope he plays well for his new club! :O)
Manx Yid
16/08/2012 12:19:00
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Spurs Allday We would have signed the best team in the world this summer - "if the rumours are true"
Slurms McKenzie
16/08/2012 12:20:00
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IF we are going for a replacement & Striker(s), Levy would not want the true price to be published (I believe to be more like £30m + add-ons) so that we are not held to ransom over price from other clubs. If we publish £40M (example!) for the player then clubs selling to us will want as much of that money as possible... Understandable!
YidoDave
16/08/2012 12:21:00
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Slurms - Do you think that is Levy's fault or the Managers? Do you think Levy could have convinved AVB to join unless he had a big transfer kitty or bale to stay unless something was going to change? Vertonghen and Siggy could have gone to CL clubs but they chose Spurs as we are a club on the up!! Have faith my yid brother!!!
woodyn17
16/08/2012 12:22:00
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spu 4 life.....very true.they want to him tar and feathered,then hung drawn and quartered over there.i suppose it's because it dragged on for so long most of us are relieved its finally/almost done and dusted and looks like it will FINALLY happen......phew!
g. roberts testes
16/08/2012 12:23:00
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What Sux - this post needs YOU -----> your the man for posting a leaving card for van pervert on vital arse, with a message ''GET WELL SOON''
spu 4 life
16/08/2012 12:24:00
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What a load of old fecking tosh nobody knows what Madrid will pay or indeed what Spurs will accept we mere mortals will be the last to know the details and the gutter press continue to guess ! ! !
POP
16/08/2012 12:25:00
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woodyn17 I do have faith but I also have a memory and I remember the last eight transfer windows and the only constant in all of them was Levy!
Slurms McKenzie
16/08/2012 12:25:00
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We're almost into double figures.....Alnwick, Jansson, Corluka, Nelsen, King, Kranjcar, Pienaar and Saha were the first 8. Modric now makes 9. Wonder who will be 10, 11 and 12? :-)

Only Spurs could offload 9 senior players, loan 2, buy 2 and still have 26 players vying for 25 places before we even start buying. What a mess !!!
muttley
16/08/2012 12:26:00
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I guess the fact he went ot a Spanish club and not an English one does take the sting out of it some what!
Slurms McKenzie
16/08/2012 12:27:00
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''MAN UTD, THE OTHER MAN WITH A VAN''
spu 4 life
16/08/2012 12:28:00
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I may not be around for that article, sohere is my XI: Friedel; Walker, Kaboul, Gallas, BAE; Sandro, Vertonghen; Siggy, VDV, Bale; Defoe. Bench: Gomes, Dawson, Livermore, Caulker, Lennon, Coulibaly, Rose
Bajan Spur
16/08/2012 12:31:00
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Arsene Wenger at training today, could hear singing coming from the dressing room, he asked ''what is that song, i do not know it'' the reply came back, it's Alex boss, AW ''Alex, what Alex Song singing a song, what's it called'' It's the ''QUEEN HIT BARCELONA''
spu 4 life
16/08/2012 12:33:00
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Yeah no new striker as of yet.... and then you get 'We are pleased to announce we have one of our best players'. Likely to go down like a fart in a church. Please please let this news be over shadowed by news of a new player incoming Mr Levy. You are the man! Thank you for your time Modric and good luck with Madrid. COYS.
SpursOne2
16/08/2012 12:37:00
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Dont you think Modric will come to the realization that Spurs did the right think not letting him go to the Chavs? Might even thank us in time.......now that he might make it into MADRIDS team. Hell of a difference there!
SpursOne2
16/08/2012 12:38:00
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damn it i meant to write 'Sold' in my first post.
SpursOne2
16/08/2012 12:40:00
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'Me now like chicken badge for making dream move happen'
SpursOne2
16/08/2012 12:42:00
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spu 4 life... I do not know it... I can not hear it... I did not see it..... I bet Wenger is fuming today!! Still at least he can hide under the covers of his sleeping bag coat... ah, nice and warm!!
YidoDave
16/08/2012 12:43:00
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SpursOne2 - we dont mind farts in our Church, its usually the Pastor anyway. He blames the Holy spirit, wish they'd hurry up and announce it on Spurs site and the incoming midfield maestro and super striker double deal....
Manx Yid
16/08/2012 12:43:00
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Assuming Bentley, Rose, etc are loaned out making room on the payroll (I for one wish JJ was out also but I hear AVB likes him?) Then I can see Adebayor deal getting sanctioned. Another stiker is needed plus the midfield needs a Modic relacement. Siggy is good but we need a Mourtinho -creative, something special kind of player- in there plus a goalie Cesar looks ideal espcially if GDS goes the other way making more room on payroll available - The Newcastle game worries me we need a fast start, JD on his own up front is hard to contemplate!
michael.thfc
16/08/2012 12:43:00
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Be interesting to see whether Modric gets into the RM starting eleven with any regularity. If he doesn't he might eventually regret moving. As they say, "Be careful what you wish for - it might come true"
Hot_Spur
16/08/2012 12:43:00
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@cape town we already have Coulliby
G Star
16/08/2012 12:47:00
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woodyn17 yep i really believe Levy has not learned anything. i seriously fear being a mid table team this season through lack of planning
troffer2
16/08/2012 12:49:00
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Manx Yid :-)
SpursOne2
16/08/2012 12:49:00
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Hot_Spur...i wouldnt give a flying F if he gets in Madrid team or not as he not worth the time....interesting call and good shout by Bajan Spur above re Vertonghan in centre mid this weekend, never crossed my mind and i feel he would do better job than JJ...
JattYid
16/08/2012 12:50:00
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I beleive now that RVP and Modders are on the move there will be movement in the market. Im off to the bookies, i reckon Moutinho Ade and Leonardo will be spurs players. £100 says so!! lets see :) Surprisingly more people are beginning to beleive the glass is half full. hmmmmm
G Star
16/08/2012 12:53:00
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I honestly think the low transfer fee announced to public is because to reduce the amount the other clubs extort from their players, but knowing Levy the reality is the actual fee will at least 35 million pounds.
what_sux
16/08/2012 12:55:00
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What_sux - sssush my man! im sure FC Porto be reading this :)
JattYid
16/08/2012 13:01:00
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spurs official - 'Our ambitions this season are high. We are looking for a trophy. We want to go one step further than last year.' Fingers crossed we have the replacements and additions to make it happen. Fantastic squad but we really need to beef up sooner than later.
SpursOne2
16/08/2012 13:02:00
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G-Star, you're right, I meant Seydou Doumbia! Forgive me, I've had the flu!
Cape Town Spurs
16/08/2012 13:04:00
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Manx Yid said it ___RVP is gone from them sheep shaggers!!
krafty007
16/08/2012 13:10:00
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lol what_sux you joking yeah?? Im sure if you know what the real figure is then everyone else will know 2 no??

Hot Spur can see Modric regretting moving to Real, as Im sure that is pretty much every footballers dream to play for Real or Barca
Ossie
16/08/2012 13:14:00
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...so bored....
TaxiforMaicon
16/08/2012 13:15:00
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I hope Modric remains at Spurs and creates more nuisance and then Levy sells him for 10 million next season when will not qualify for Europe.
cfc250
16/08/2012 13:15:00
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HERE WE GO AGAIN WITH THE ITK's lol
South L/Derry Spurs
16/08/2012 13:22:00
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cfc250 - i hope Rocky Balboa comes out of retirement and pounds Roman the Russian Abramovich in the next Expendables movie and then you get Ken Bates back and go back to being a 1st division club with a car park as one one quarter of you stadium you facking p1ece of p1ss
JattYid
16/08/2012 13:22:00
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arernt you a clever kid^
G Star
16/08/2012 13:22:00
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CFC250 are you a clever kid. We plan to buy half your players next season once your manager dont know how to utilise these young talents. your not upset Modric wanted to join a proper club with a proper history or was it you were dumb. In which case i apologise and we all sympathise your case.
G Star
16/08/2012 13:22:00
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'Levy no like blue smurf badge, sell me to better team abroad instead' : D
SpursOne2
16/08/2012 13:22:00
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AVB's said that we have deals in the pipeline but we're just waiting for Modric to do one before we re-enter the market. Lets hope it's a big spree there are still three or four positions that need looking at, plus the obvious need to continue to sort out the bloated mess of a squad we were left with.
Spurs Allday
16/08/2012 13:23:00
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Come ox publish my article all the AVB bashers can have a proper go then :)
G Star
16/08/2012 13:24:00
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G Star but we have had so many Modric articles in the last couple months, surely theres more to talk about.....
Ossie
16/08/2012 13:27:00
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Ossie - That's what I think, I stated, of course I don't know the real figure, but you really think Levy bargaining skills turn weak in just an instance? If that low figure is the real amount, Levy could have sold it earlier. lol
what_sux
16/08/2012 13:28:00
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Bid for Saldado got rejected. Why we getting rejected by some many people.
G Star
16/08/2012 13:30:00
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Anyone know anything about him or is the media bull again, btw Ossie sorry dude my article was not on Modders but different subject. in hope the article will be published then i wont say. I know Ox is a busy man so dont want to challenge our Forum leader.
G Star
16/08/2012 13:32:00
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Hope GDS stays, let's go rescue Chicharito from Man U obscurity, with Ade and Defoe as well, that gives us a top 3 strike force
tengboon
16/08/2012 13:33:00
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the more i hear avb the more i am concluding he was bought in as levys spin doctor-so full of crappy cliches,he talks but he never communicates
ghulamville
16/08/2012 13:35:00
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G Star He's a quality striker but Valencia have turned our bid down. It was initially reported that he'd rejected us but he's come out since and set the record straight. He gives the impression that he'd be interested but is happy at Valencia so I guess we'll wait and see. He'd be a proper signing though if it happened but I doubt it will.
Spurs Allday
16/08/2012 13:37:00
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we bid 15million pounds,roughly doing the currency rates in my head,not nearly enough sadly
ghulamville
16/08/2012 13:39:00
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