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Sir Alex Ferguson Urges Inquiry Into Tottenham’s Signing of Zeki Fryers: The Nightly EPL

zeki fryers Sir Alex Ferguson Urges Inquiry Into Tottenhams Signing of Zeki Fryers: The Nightly EPL

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson came out on the offensive Friday to criticize Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy over the Spurs signing of Zeki Fryers, a former Manchester United youth academy footballer.

Ferguson is incensed that Tottenham signed the player from Standard Liege in Belgium. Tottenham tried to sign the 20-year-old footballer in the summer, but got turned down. If the transfer had been made, Spurs would have had to pay approximately £5m-£6m through a Premier League tribunal. Instead, the player decided to move to Belgium in the summer for a transfer believed to be around £250,000.

Tottenham is believed to have signed Zeki Fryers from Standard Liege today for approximately £900,000.

Here’s what Ferguson said regarding the transfer:

“I am disappointed in Tottenham, I really am. I think it has been a blatant manipulation of the situation. They tried to buy him from us at the end of last season but we couldn’t agree terms. They then took him on trial and took him to Portugal with the squad and came back and said that they couldn’t afford him. And then all of a sudden he signed for Standard Liège and at that moment in time, when I heard that, I expected him to go to Tottenham in the January window.

“I’m disappointed in Tottenham. The Premier League should look into it and I think they should stop the registration until they examine it. There will be a trail, mobile phone [records] or something. It is obvious to me [what has happened].

“It’s a 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.”

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