Brad Friedel Blackburn return blocked by Andre Villas-Boas

AVB steps in to stop Friedel's Blackburn return despite Lloris edging Spurs keeper battle

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23:46 GMT, 22 November 2012

Andre Villas-Boas has blocked Spurs goalkeeper Brad Friedel’s return to Blackburn.

Friedel, 41, has been offered a
player-coach role at Ewood Park by his old team-mate Henning Berg.
Blackburn hope to revive a deal in January.

Friedel was ready to give up his
battle with Hugo Lloris to be Tottenham's first-choice goalkeeper and
make a dramatic return to Blackburn.

Wanted: Brad Friedel (centre) is tempted by a coaching offer from Blackburn

Wanted: Brad Friedel (centre) is tempted by a coaching offer from Blackburn

Berg was in negotiations with Spurs
on Wednesday over a deal that would see Friedel move back to Ewood Park
on loan until January when the transfer would become permanent.

The 41-year-old American is also being offered a coaching role at his old club.

Friedel
has been locked in a battle with Lloris since the France international
arrived at White Hart Lane from Lyon for 8million in the summer.

Lloris
was widely expected to be first-choice but, despite ending Friedel's
remarkable run of 310 consecutive starts in the Premier League for
Blackburn, Aston Villa and Spurs last month, Villas-Boas still seems
undecided between the two.

Clear run: Friedel's departure would make Hugo Lloris undisputed No 1

Clear run: Friedel's departure would make Hugo Lloris undisputed No 1

Both he and chairman Daniel Levy are
understood to be reluctant to lose Friedel but the player is tempted by
an opportunity to return to the north-west, where he still has a luxury
home in Cheshire, and the offer of a move into coaching.