Standard Liège have pulled off a shock move, securing the signature of former Manchester United defender Ezekiel (Zeki) Fryers on a two-year contract. Fryers, who can play either in central defence or as a left-back, is an England under-19 international.
It had appeared that Fryers would be joining Tottenham Hotspur, with whom he had been training since deciding to quit Old Trafford, following in the footsteps of other youngsters such as Paul Pogba and Ravel Morrison whose demands were never going to be met by the 19-time English champions. However, when it became clear that the likely fee Spurs would have to fork out after a tribunal was in the region of £6m, they pulled the plug on any possible deal.
Standard’s sporting director Jean-François De Sart, former manager of Belgium’s under-21 side had this to say on the club’s official website:
“He’s a player we first came across two years ago at the Tournoi Elite, where the English under-19 side played Belgium’s in Visé. We have been following him since then. He has had all his development at Manchester United and was in fact at the end of his contract. And therefore it is an opportunity for us to sign up a young talent with great potential. He’s a player who can operate on the left-hand side or in central defence. He is a prospect for the future and that’s the idea behind this signing.”