Football: `Board blocked' Naybet transfer

MANCHESTER UNITED'S plc board have been accused of wrecking Noureddine Naybet's pounds 6m move to Old Trafford by the player's agent.

The Moroccan centre-half was back in Spain yesterday, training with Deportivo La Coruna, following the collapse of his transfer hours before the Champions' League deadline. But the recriminations over the transfer debacle continued last night with Naybet's agent, Willie Mackay, claiming that Sir Alex Ferguson wanted to sign the player but that the board had proved awkward.

Naybet, who speaks little English, denied there was a medical problem and claims he was only offered the same money he is already on in Spain. Mackay said: "Noureddine has the utmost respect for Sir Alex Ferguson, but the talks in the boardroom were nothing but window dressing."

The deal started to turn sour when United discovered that Naybet did not possess a French passport, as they had been told. Naybet had a quick medical check from club doctors at the Cliff training ground and was asked about one ankle being bigger than the other. However, as his camp explained, many players carry injuries and Naybet has been a regular for his club.

Talks on a contract moved slowly as the problem of gaining a work permit and how it would affect Naybet playing in the opening group games of the Champions' League was investigated. When United found that Naybet could not be registered properly before the midnight deadline on Tuesday, the deal was cancelled.

Martin Edwards, United's chief executive, made that decision, while Sir Alex did not take part in the negotiations. Transfer dealings remain a matter for the board, and, in any case, Sir Alex was in Switzerland.

It is not the first time United have failed to push through a deal. Two of Mackay's other players also suffered the same fate: Marcel Desailly met United before signing for Chelsea, the transfer collapsing over personal terms, while the Cameroon international Marc-Vivien Foe was rejected after a medical. He joined West Ham.

Danny Cipriani of England breaks clear to score his second try
Life and Style
New research says leaving your desk can help you to avoid serious illness
Arts and Entertainment
tvSPOILER ALERT: Like a mash-up of 28 Days Later, Braveheart, The Killing and Lord of the Rings, this GoT episode was a belter
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Recruitment Genius: Business Development Executive / Digital Marketing Executive

£26000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A luxury beauty house with a nu...

Recruitment Genius: Housekeepers - Immediate Start

£8 per hour: Recruitment Genius: This company are currently recruiting new exp...

Recruitment Genius: Head Concierge

£25000 - £28000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This award winning Property Man...

Recruitment Genius: Content, SEO and PPC Executive

£20000 - £25000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A fantastic opportunity has ari...

Day In a Page

On your feet! Spending at least two hours a day standing reduces the risk of heart attacks, cancer and diabetes, according to new research

On your feet!

Spending half the day standing 'reduces risk of heart attacks and cancer'
Liverpool close in on Milner signing

Liverpool close in on Milner signing

Reds baulk at Christian Benteke £32.5m release clause
With scores of surgeries closing, what hope is there for the David Cameron's promise of 5,000 more GPs and a 24/7 NHS?

The big NHS question

Why are there so few new GPs when so many want to study medicine?
Big knickers are back: Thongs ain't what they used to be

Thongs ain't what they used to be

Big knickers are back
Thurston Moore interview

Thurston Moore interview

On living in London, Sonic Youth and musical memoirs
In full bloom

In full bloom

Floral print womenswear
From leading man to Elephant Man, Bradley Cooper is terrific

From leading man to Elephant Man

Bradley Cooper is terrific
In this the person to restore our trust in the banks?

In this the person to restore our trust in the banks?

Dame Colette Bowe - interview
When do the creative juices dry up?

When do the creative juices dry up?

David Lodge thinks he knows
The 'Cher moment' happening across fashion just now

Fashion's Cher moment

Ageing beauty will always be more classy than all that booty
Thousands of teenage girls enduring debilitating illnesses after routine school cancer vaccination

Health fears over school cancer jab

Shock new Freedom of Information figures show how thousands of girls have suffered serious symptoms after routine HPV injection
Fifa President Sepp Blatter warns his opponents: 'I forgive everyone, but I don't forget'

'I forgive everyone, but I don't forget'

Fifa president Sepp Blatter issues defiant warning to opponents
Extreme summer temperatures will soon cause deaths of up to 1,700 more Britons a year, says government report

Weather warning

Extreme summer temperatures will soon cause deaths of up to 1,700 more Britons a year, says government report
LSD: Speaking to volunteer users of the drug as trials get underway to see if it cures depression and addiction

High hopes for LSD

Meet the volunteer users helping to see if it cures depression and addiction
German soldier who died fighting for UK in Battle of Waterloo should be removed from museum display and given dignified funeral, say historians

Saving Private Brandt

A Belgian museum's display of the skeleton of a soldier killed at Waterloo prompts calls for him to be given a dignified funeral