This post explains Table a bidthe football phrase ‘table a bid’ which is often used when describing a transfer.

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Table a bid

The transfer window is open which means that clubs in Europe can now buy and sell players before the new season starts in August. When a club wants to buy a player from another club they offer some money for him/her; they bid for the player. We sometimes use the phrase ‘table a bid‘ which means that the club has offered some money (put money on the table) to buy the player. Sometimes a sum of money is also included in the phrase, ‘United table an £85m bid for Lukaku’. To table a bid.

Example: Atlético Madrid to table bid for Chelsea’s Diego Costa despite transfer ban (Guardian.co.uk, July 5th 2017).

Example: Watford set to table a 20 million euro bid for Arsenal target (Hertfordshire Mercury.co.uk, June 21st 2017).

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