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Ferguson: Block Spurs' transfer of Fryers

ESPN staff
January 4, 2013
Ex-Manchester United player Zeki Fryers joined Tottenham after only half a season at Standard Liege © PA Photos

Sir Alex Ferguson has urged football's authorities to stop Tottenham Hotspur registering new signing Zeki Fryers in order to carry out an investigation into alleged wrongdoing.

Former United defender Fryers, 20, left Old Trafford last July after failing to agree a new contract with the Red Devils, and he ultimately joined Standard Liege.

This week, though, it was announced by Tottenham that the club had "reached [an] agreement with Standard Liege for the signing of Fryers".

Ferguson has expressed his disappointment at the signing after United missed out on receiving a fee for the defender.

Speaking to MUTV, the United boss said: "To me, I think it's a blatant manipulation of the rules.

"Tottenham did nothing wrong as he went to Standard Liege. They tried to buy him off us and we'd been looking for a certain figure. They wouldn't pay it but asked if they could take him down there on trial and, at that time, he was out of contract in June anyway.

"So he went down on trial and he went to Portugal with them. They then said they weren't prepared to pay the money and, all of a sudden, he signed for Standard Liege.

"We knew immediately and suspected that he would return to Tottenham in January and that's happened. It's a [Spurs chairman] Daniel Levy deal. You know, it's his fingerprints all over it. It's the kind of thing we expected he was going to do.

He continued: "There's nothing we can do about it but I think that really we should, first of all, register our discontent in it. I think the league should look into it.

"I think the registration should be stopped until they investigate it thoroughly. There's bound to be a trail, either mobile phones or e-mails, that could give you the full story of it.

"I must say I'm disappointed in Tottenham. For whatever reason, a club that size has decided to go down this route. I'm disappointed."

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