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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Jul, 5, 2006

Wigan reject West Ham's bid for Chimbonda

Wigan have rejected a substantial bid from West Ham for Pascal Chimbonda, believed to be £4million.

Latics manager Paul Jewell has described the offer as 'not enough', with the club apparently determined to hold out for the £6million they are demanding for the French right-back.

Chimbonda has previously been courted by Tottenham, only for Wigan to turn down offers of £2.5million and £3million from the White Hart Lane club following a shock transfer request on the final day of last season.

Chimbonda, who joined Wigan last summer for £500,000 from Bastia, stunned Jewell and his team-mates by handing over a written transfer request within minutes of the final whistle sounding on the last game of the season at Arsenal.

With Chimbonda named in the Professional Footballers' Association team of the year and on the back of a call-up to France's World Cup squad, a livid Jewell and chairman Dave Whelan made it clear they would not let the 27-year-old leave cheaply.

Spurs quickly found Wigan stubbornly refusing to budge from their £6million valuation, and now the Hammers have also discovered Whelan to be as good as his word.

Only last week, the JJB supremo said: 'Chimbonda leaves this club for £6million only.

'He is a Wigan Athletic player for the next three years, unless somebody puts £6million on the table. As yet that has not appeared.

'So I expect Chimbonda to swallow it and get on with it. If he doesn't knuckle down and get on with the job, he plays in the reserves; if he doesn't play well in the reserves, then he doesn't play at all.

'I'll keep him out of the game for three years if necessary. It doesn't bother me what we have to pay him each week.

'So he has two choices; to pull on a blue and whirte shirt and knuckle down, or stay on the sidelines and kick a ball in the reserves. We sincerely hope he will buckle down and get stuck in again.'

Wigan, meanwhile, have been warned they will not get Denny Landzaat on the cheap either as AZ Alkmaar are also demanding the going rate for the proven Holland international.

Midfielder Landzaat has been linked with the Latics,although it is understood no official bid has been made, and with Spanish side Espanyol currently in the driving seat as they have made contact with the Dutch club.

With Landzaat likely to cost upwards of £5million, AZ spokesperson Erik van Leeuwen said: 'Denny is looking to pursue his career in another country, and we are willing to let him go.

'Denny is an international player with an ongoing contract [one year remaining] and we are not going to let him go for nothing.

'We don't want to block a transfer, but someone has to pay the right price for him.'

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