Date: 22nd June 2006 at 1:26pm
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The Sun have a story today claiming that Manchester United have increased their bid for Tottenham Hotspur and England international Michael Carrick to £14.2million.

Carrick has just two years left on his current White Hart Lane deal and reports suggest talks of improved terms have been stalled by the player.

Sir Alex Ferguson is looking to strengthen the squad for the 2006/07 Premiership campaign and is still looking for a tough holding midfielder to replace Roy Keane. Lets face it, Eric Djemba-Djemba didn’t exactly measure up but it seems that Ferguson thinks Michael Carrick could.

Martin Jol was recently quoted as dismissing the links: ‘We do not want to lose a player like Michael Carrick. He was probably our best midfield player this season, so why should we sell him? ….Michael has got a contract for another two years, so that is the situation. He owes this club and he is happy here.’

There has, quite rightly, been no comment from the player himself as he is concentrating on World Cup duties.