Real snub Portillo offer
By Patrick Haond
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Real Madrid have blocked Nantes' initial approach for Javier Portillo.Real Madrid have blocked Nantes' initial approach for Javier Portillo.
Nantes are desperate to bring in a striker before the close of the transfer window and want to take Portillo on loan.
Olympiakos have already had an offer for the Spanish hot shot rejected and Real are similarly lukewarm to Nantes' proposition.
With Michael Owen strongly tipped to leave the Bernabeu before the end of the month, Real coach Wanderley Luxemburgo is reluctant to sanction the exit of two strikers.
If Owen's situation drags on much longer, though, Nantes may be given the signal to go back in for Portillo.
Meanwhile, Nantes are hoping to tie up the capture of Haitian centre half Jean-Jacques Pierre by the weekend.
Pierre is due to arrive in France from Uruguayan giants Penarol and is expected to sign a three-year contract.