RIDSDALE DENIES DOUBLE BID
By David Allen
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Iversen's agent Erik Soler has claimed that three "Champions League teams" had shown interest in him and Norwegian sources believed that it was Leeds who had made a £12 million offer for a player who they have coveted for some time.
In January, Ridsdale said: "We have not made any contact with Spurs but that doesn't mean we are not interested."
He has also denied making a concrete bid this time for the Norwegian international, telling the official Leeds website: "We have not made a bid to Spurs for Steffen Iversen."
It is understood, though, that the Yorkshiremen are determined to bring some top-class talent to Elland Road, and that Iversen is one of the names on their short-list. The 23-year-old is believed to have been the subject of discussions this week, but Spurs have reaffirmed their desire to keep Tuesday`s goal hero against Spain at White Hart Lane.
Reports had also claimed that Leeds were preparing a £7.5 million bid for Barmby, who is with the England squad at Euro 2000 and is expected to have talks about a new contract when he returns after the tournament.
With Leeds manager David O'Leary looking to strengthen his squad for a Champions League campaign an approach for the attacking midfielder would seem to be a real possibility later in the summer.
However, Ridsdale added: "We have not made an approach to Everton for Nick Barmby."
Leeds, though, are expected to make a further signing within the next week to follow the recent capture of Barmby's former Everton team-mate Olivier Dacourt from Lens, with Mark Viduka believed to be a target high on O'Leary's hit-list.
Click on a link below to read one of our earlier reports concerning Nick Barmby and Steffen Iversen: