This football language post looks at the word ‘bid’ which is used when discussing football transfers. You can read a transcript for this podcast below, while you can also check out our glossary of footballing phrases here and visit our site to access all our previous posts and podcasts. If you have any suggestions or questions then you can contact us at

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This means to make an offer for a player; to try and buy a player on a transfer. If a club bids for a player from another club it is an official offer for the player – an unofficial one is known as tapping up. We can say, to bid for a player or made a bid for the player.

  • Example: Spurs made a bid for Brazilian star Paulinho
  • Example: The transfer bid fell through as the two teams could not agree on a price

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