Tottenham seal signing of former Man United prodigy Fryers
22:32 GMT, 2 January 2013
17:48 GMT, 3 January 2013
Tottenham have completed the signing of former Manchester United starlet Zeki Fryers.
The 20-year-old left-back trained with Spurs in the summer after leaving Old Trafford.
A Spurs statement read: 'We are delighted to announce that we have reached agreement with Standard Liege for the signing of Zeki Fryers.
On his way back: Zeki Fryers (left) returns to England from Belgium
'The young defender, capped by England
at Under-16, 17 and 19 level, began his career at Manchester United
before joining Standard Liege last summer. Zeki will link up with the
Club's Development Squad.
He was expected to join the White Hart Lane club but United could have commanded up to 6m compensation as he was under 23.
Belgian side Standard Liege signed him instead on a two year contract and he has gone on to make seven first team appearances.
However, Tottenham are expecting to sell Gareth Bale to Real Madrid in the summer and want cover for Benoit Assou-Ekotto. Liege would sell now and a deal could be done for around 3million.
Fryers was close to joining Tottenham last year but the move collapsed
Tottenham are also the latest club to show interest in Barcelona striker David Villa. The 31-year-old has been the subject of enquiries from Arsenal also but Barca will not loan him out and will only sell for around 16m.
Meanwhile, Fenerbahce have made a move for Tottenham midfield target Younes Belhanda at Montpellier.