News in the Daily Mirror today that Spurs look like they will win the race to sign Manchester United’d 19 year-old defender Ezekiel Fryers, and edge out Newcastle United for the top youngster.
Ezekial Fryers – likely to join Spurs
The young defender has failed to reach an agreement with the Old Trafford club on a new contract, and he will become a free agent at the end of the month.
The news is that Fryers turned down a new deal of £1.5K/week earlier this year, and Tottenham, Newcastle and Burnley are three clubs who were interested in signing the youngster.
Newcastle were linked with the youngster in early March, when they heard he could not reach an agreement with the Manchester club.
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew was particularly keen to sign the lad, and even thought the left-back could come straight into that position in the Newcastle first team, he’s that good.
The youngster however, who was born in Manchester, seems to want to move to north London and challenge Cameroon international left-back Benoit Assou-Ekotto at Spurs.
Fryers was a member of the FA Youth Cup winning team with the Red Devils last year, and has made a couple of appearances for the Manchester United first team.
Whichever club gets him, they will still have to pay some compensation to Manchester United for the youngster, since he’s under 24, but he’s yet another top youngster who is leaving the Red Devils, because they will no longer give out huge deals to their young up-and-coming players.
18 year-old striker Ravel Morrison was sold to West Ham in January, after Newcastle pulled out of the running for the controversial youngster, who seems to keep getting himself into trouble, and is said to give less than 100% in training.
And it could be that another top youngster Paul Pogba will join Italian Champions Juventus next month, since it’s unlikely he will be offered the terms he wants at the Old Trafford club.
It would have been good if Newcastle could have persuaded this lad to join the revolution going on at the North-East club.
We hope it’s still possible.