Ferguson fury at Fryers move

Leicester City have extended the loan deal of Manchester United

defender Michael Keane until the end of the January transfer


Keane joined the Championship club in early November, but he has

been restricted to just two appearances for Nigel Pearson’s


The 19-year-old picked up an injury on his debut against Bolton

Wanderers before returning to the team for the New Year’s Day

thrashing of Huddersfield Town.

He is now eligible for Leicester’s FA Cup third round tie

against Burton Albion on Saturday and the club’s next four matches

in the Championship.

The centre-half has made three appearances during his United

career, all of which have been in the League Cup.

Sheridan has been out of management since leaving Chesterfield

in the early weeks of this season, but is understood to have been

interviewed by Plymouth on Friday.

Bookmakers have suspended betting on the next boss at Home Park

and reports suggest Sheridan’s appointment will be confirmed on


Plymouth have moved quickly to install a new man at the helm

after dispensing with Carl Fletcher earlier this week following a

run of one win in 13 League Two fixtures.

Fletcher, who had been in charge since September 2011, left the

Pilgrims in 21st position in the table, just two points outside the

relegation zone.

Former Leeds United and Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Sheridan

won the League Two title with Chesterfield in 2010/11 but his

challenge now is to keep Plymouth in the Football League.

Fryers came through United’s academy and made six appearances

for the Old Trafford outfit. However, he refused to sign a

long-term contract, allowing Tottenham to step in.

Yet the anticipated deal failed to materialise last summer as

the Premier League rivals were unable to agree a compensation


It left Fryers free to sign for any club in Europe for no fee

and he subsequently joined Belgian outfit Standard Liege on a

two-year deal in August.

However, it has come as no surprise to Ferguson that Fryers

should now join Tottenham at the first available opportunity, and

he is not happy about it.

“I am disappointed in Tottenham,” said Ferguson.

“It is a blatant manipulation of the situation. They tried to

buy him from us at the end of last season but we couldn’t agree

terms. Then they took him on trial, came back from Portugal and

said they couldn’t afford him.

“All of a sudden he signed for Standard Liege but I expected him

to go to Tottenham in the January window.

“The league should look into it. They should stop the

registration until they examine it. There will be a trail. Either

mobile phones or something. It is obvious to me.”

Tottenham defended the deal they had agreed with Fryers, with a

club spokesman saying: “Zeki Fryers was out of contract in the

summer. We had looked in to the possibility of signing the player

but were unable to agree a deal on the terms Manchester United were


“Zeki chose to go to Standard Liege, who paid compensation to

Manchester United. 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


“Unfortunately, a combination of this, and the fact that he had

become homesick meant he wanted to return to England and his

representatives made contact with clubs in England. This afforded

us a second opportunity to sign the player and as per FIFA’s

solidarity contribution mechanism, Manchester United will receive

five per cent of the transfer fee we have paid.”