(to) Line up a bid for
When a team is preparing to buy a player in the transfer market we sometimes use the phrase ‘line up a bid for‘ with the verbal phrase ‘line up‘ meaning to prepare and the noun ‘bid‘ meaning an offer. Sometimes an adjective or a figure representing the transfer fee is added before the word bid to add more ‘colour’ or information to the phrase, such as ‘dramatic’ or ‘stunning’. The team lined up a dramatic bid for the player.
- Example: Tottenham have lined up a £15 million bid for the Dutch winger
- Example: Liverpool have lined up a surprise bid for the Napoli striker