Ah, I do love anything with even a hint of conspiracy about it Playing devils advocate for a moment .. just because we are his preferred destination, doesn't mean he's our preferred target (anymore) I'm afraid. Refusing to sign a new deal, allowing his current contract run down, is all good for him if he wants to draw in possible offers from other clubs and get a move - but whether that makes him the man we go for or not, I'm not sure. We've been looking at Lemar since last summer (if not before), so at this stage I think it's pretty clear that we don't really want him, otherwise we'd have bought him already. I think he's just become a convenient name to have thrown around from time to time, to help deflect from having sold our best player half way through a very important season. As for Markovic, the problem there is that we can't get rid of the fuker !