United to make record third bid for Fabregas

David Moyes is ready to smash Manchester United’s transfer record with a third bid for Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas, the Express understands.

The Premier League champions’ opening two bids for the former Arsenal captain, though to be around the £25m and £30m mark, were dismissed out of hand by the Catalan club.

However, Moyes Is determined to land the Spanish international and, according to the Manchester Evening News, will break the clubs transfer record with currently stands at £30.8m, which they paid for Dimitar Berbatov in 2008.

Fabregas has returned to training with the La Liga champions, but is said to be considering his options, while new Barcelona boss Gerardo Martino has insisted that the club would reject any improved bid from United should it materialise.

Meanwhile, the Daily Star have reported that Manchester United have made a bid for Tottenham Hotspur star Gareth Bale.

However, Real Madrid remain are odds on favourites to sign the Wales international, having made a world record bid of over £85m.

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has insisted that the midfielder, who won the PFA, FWA and Barclays Premier League Player of the Year last season, is not for sale at any price.