Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has accused Tottenham of “blatant manipulation” over the signing of defender Zeki Fryers and wants the Premier League to investigate the deal.
Report by BBC SPORT
Fryers left United for Standard Liege for a small compensation fee in August, after Spurs baulked at paying US$9,6m. But now Spurs have signed the 20-year-old from Standard for a reported US$4,8m.
“I’m disappointed in Tottenham. I think it’s a blatant manipulation of the situation,” said Ferguson.
“I think the league should look into it and I think they should stop his registration until they examine it.”
However, United are yet to make a formal complaint to the Premier League, who declined to comment on the matter.
Tottenham told BBC Sport that they only made a second approach for Fryers after being made aware that the player was “homesick” in Belgium.
A Spurs spokesman said: “Zeki enjoyed his time at Standard — however, when Standard sacked their manager in November, Zeki wasn’t part of the new manager’s plans which he accepts and understands happens in football.”