Spurs Look To Edge Out Newcastle For Top Young Defender

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.

Comments welcome.

14 comments so far

  • dmac

    Jun 16, 2012 at 11:25 PM

    Comment #1

    Even without Floppy Chops they are stealing our targets! My god i dislike spurs.

  • No Plain Saylor

    Jun 16, 2012 at 11:27 PM

    Comment #2

    1st!! Hope we get him!

  • No Plain Saylor

    Jun 16, 2012 at 11:28 PM

    Comment #3


  • shearerclass09

    Jun 16, 2012 at 11:29 PM

    Comment #4

    you mean the club without a manger ? if he signs for a club not knowing who will be in charge, then hes just a money lad dont wont him

  • Tsunki

    Jun 16, 2012 at 11:30 PM

    Comment #5

    1/ MU dont think he’s worth it or going to be worth it
    2/ His head can’t be right if he doesn’t appreciate MU’s assessment.

    Conclusion? Move along……

  • rich_toonfan

    Jun 16, 2012 at 11:36 PM

    Comment #6

    Can’t blame him for wanting to go to spurs over us.

    Both equal teams although no idea how they will cope next year. But there is more to do in the London area. If people would rather live in a busy capital over Newcastle that’s just personal choice and can’t blame the lad.

  • No Plain Saylor

    Jun 16, 2012 at 11:36 PM

    Comment #7

    @ tsunski..
    United offered him a deal! The lad wants to play football, something a lot of talented young players don’t get to do at united and so move on. Some of my mates are big united fans and day he’s got a bright future, id sign him!

  • SupaToonKid

    Jun 16, 2012 at 11:52 PM

    Comment #8

    Before drawing conclusions, this is the Star lads so not exactly the most fact related media item. Like Rich says I can see why he’d go to Spurs but on the other hand I think why? Believe we would be a better option for him to develop his career and become a top player as he will get more 1st team chances as Spurs have plenty of cover in the LB area. Tsunki as well do not doubt this lads ability as he is a talented individual who Fergie wants to keep but with Fryers wants more opportunities to showcase his talents. Though to be honest if we sign Debuchy then Ezekiel’s chances will still be restricted as it’s unlikely he’ll start ahead of Santon however he’d be a possibility for CB as well as he’s a big, physical lad with the versatility to play there just as well.

  • toonincheek

    Jun 17, 2012 at 3:55 AM

    Comment #9

    Maybe he fancies London more that the north east.
    Or maybe he can see that Spuds don’t have as good a squad as us, so he has a better chance of playing!

    Whatever – we want players who want to be with US.
    Otherwise, we lose the team spirit/ethis.

  • toonincheek

    Jun 17, 2012 at 5:06 AM

    Comment #10

    ethis – plooral of ethic!

  • robertsleftfoot

    Jun 17, 2012 at 8:23 AM

    Comment #11

    I do not see the big deal in missing out on him, sir red nose does not let good players leave in general, we got obertan and he is poor, simpson aint the best, the scum got that bardsley again nothing to shout about, that morrison that went to west ham, think he has been arrested more times than hes played. So let spurs have him.

    Look at the better ones, he didnt let cleverley leave or wellbeck or evans and thats because they are a high standard so he is happy with one or two gems and he gets a few million for each one of the crap

  • north east lincs toon

    Jun 17, 2012 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #12

    If he was that f*****g good manure would not let him go anywhere simple as’

  • dmac

    Jun 17, 2012 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #13

    To say fergie always gets it right is ludicrous. He let Pique go who is at Barca and won countless medals, and Rossi who is widely regarded as a very good talent.
    I have just awoken but i can assure you that there are more.

  • gfp13

    Jun 18, 2012 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #14

    I don’t think this kid is going to be anything special as Robert said fergie wouldn’t be letting him go if he was great. Yes he makes the odd mistake such as signing kleberson and letting pique go but it is very rare that he makes a mistake and 99% of the time he’s worth trusting when it comes to judging a player. During cristiano ronaldos first season at man utd he said he will 1 day be the best in the world. And bar 1 Lionel messi that would have been right and to predict someone has a future like that and get it almost spot on is great. I also know someone who has played against this lad and says he isn’t good enough to play for newcastle


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