Manchester City did hold talks with John Terry over a move to the Etihad Stadium in the summer of 2009, the club’s former chief executive Garry Cook has confirmed.Chelsea gave City permission to speak to their skipper, but he eventually turned down a five-year contract worth £200,000 a week.The deal was offered to Terry nearly 12 months after billionaire owner Sheikh Mansour took control of the club and during Mark Hughes’ reign, although the Welshman was sacked in December that year. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Cook told Sky Sports: “We went through the process [of signing Terry].”[Chelsea chief executive] Peter Kenyon was there at the time and we had conversations with him, saying we’d like to do it and we’d like to have a conversation.”I think he was probably more confident that he [Terry] wasn’t going anywhere.”We had conversations with John and he decided to stay where he was, and quite rightly so.”But there was never a document ready to sign.”Terry later revealed that he used the offer from City as a bargaining tool when negotiating a new deal with Chelsea.”There were players out there who were using us as a stalking horse and that’s the game,” Cook added. “If you want to get a better contract in your renewal with the club you’re with, then you’ve got to try and raise a market, and that’s what agents would do.”The reality is, would we have liked a lot of them to come? Yes. But the truth is, some of them were a little bit smoke and mirrors.”The defender went on to stay at Stamford Bridge until 2017, making a total of 703 appearances for the club, a Chelsea record.He went on to sign for Aston Villa and spent the 2017-18 career in the West Midlands, captaining the side to the Championship play-off final at Wembley where they narrowly lost to Fulham.
The incident comes as Mr Javid, in his first major invervention since breaking off his holiday to take control of the situation, says he will not “stand by” and allow “reckless” criminals to exploit vulnerable migrants and put them in “grave danger”. Writing in The Telegraph after talks with his French counterpart, Mr Javid suggests there will be increased surveillance, patrols and action to disrupt criminal gangs to try to tackle the issue.His comments will be seen as a riposte to Tory MPs who have accused him of showing a lack of leadership and demanded that cutters be redeployed from the Mediterranean to the English Channel.However Tory MPs said there was no detail in Mr Javid’s plans and claimed there was a “woeful” lack of urgency.Mr Javid’s allies claimed he was the victim of a “stitch up” by Downing Street after details of the luxury lodge he was due to stay in on his safari holiday were leaked. Two Border Force cutters are being redeployed from overseas to patrol the English Channel in response to migrant emergencies, Sajid Javid has announced. The Home Secretary had resisted calls for more boats amid fears a more visible presence would encourage more illegal crossings. But having met with Border Force, National Crime Agency and Whitehall officials to discuss the Channel migrants on Monday, there has been a change of tack. More suspected illegal immigrants were intercepted by Border Force officials Monday morning after landing on the Kent coast.The latest group were spotted in Greatstone-on-Sea, near Lydd.They were intercepted just 24 hours after six Iranian men were found on a beach near Dover. According to reports on Sky News, at least eight people have been detained. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Mr Javid declared the ongoing situation a “major incident” after more than 220 people attempted to cross the English Channel in small boats since November, according to official figures.Speaking today, a police spokesman said Border Force officials are “dealing” with the Greatstone incident, which unfolded at about 8am.A Kent Police spokesman said: “Kent Police was made aware at 8.16am of a report of a group of suspected migrants seen in Coast Drive, Greatstone. UK Border Force officials have allegedly detained eight suspected illegal migrants on the Kent coast “Officers attended to assist Border Force who are dealing with the incident.”