Transfer news: Tottenham unlikely to sign new defender admits Andre Villas-Boas

Manager happy with the progress of Zeki Fryers and Kyle Naughton

Despite releasing William Gallas and selling Steven Caulker to Cardiff City, Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas has said he doubts the club will buy a central defender before the close of the transfer window on 2 September, saying he has enough options in his squad.

Currently Villas-Boas has Jan Vertonghen, Michael Dawson and Younes Kaboul as his options at centre-back, although Zeki Fryers, 20, and Kyle Naughton, 24, are in his plans. Recent signing, the defensive midfielder Etienne Capoue, a £9m signing from Toulouse, can also fill in in defence.

"We have options in defence," Villas-Boas said. "We still have [Kyle] Naughton, we have [Younes] Kaboul coming back, we have Zeki Fryers, who did very well in pre-season.

“I think we are covered. We might buy but we haven't decided yet, bearing in mind Fryers' progression.”

Fryers has yet to play a competitive game for Tottenham after signing from Standard Liege in January in a transfer which was mired in controversy, after Spurs had attempted to sign Fryers directly from Manchester United in the previous transfer window. He then joined Liege for a small compensation fee, and Tottenham purchased the  player from Liege for £3m five months later. The then-United manager Sir Alex Ferguson questioned whether the transfer had been pre-planned.

“I’m disappointed in Tottenham, I really am,” he had said. “I think it’s a blatant manipulation of the situation. They tried to buy him at the end of last season and we couldn’t agree terms.”

“They took him on trial and to Portugal with the Tottenham squad and came back and said they couldn’t afford him. All of a sudden he signs for Standard Liege and when I heard that I expected him to go to Tottenham in January.

“The Premier League should stop the registration until they examine it. There will be a trail, mobile phones (records) or something. It’s obvious to me.”

It is understood no rules were broken and United did not make a formal complaint.

Spurs have already spent close to £60m this summer, after deals for Roberto Soldado (£26m), Paulinho (£17m), Capoue (£9m), and Nacer Chadli (£7m).

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

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

Career Services
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Recruitment Genius: Technical Service Engineer - Vehicles

£25000 - £65000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: One of the UK's premier supplie...

Recruitment Genius: Home Care / Support Workers

£7 - £10 per hour: Recruitment Genius: This care provider is looking for Home ...

Recruitment Genius: Web Team Leader

£30000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: One of the UK's leading web des...

Recruitment Genius: Client Manager

£27000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A growing, successful, friendly...

Day In a Page

Greece says 'No': A night of huge celebrations in Athens as voters decisively back Tsipras and his anti-austerity stance in historic referendum

Greece referendum

Greeks say 'No' to austerity and plunge Europe into crisis
Ten years after the 7/7 terror attacks, is Britain an altered state?

7/7 bombings anniversary

Ten years after the terror attacks, is Britain an altered state?
Beautiful evening dresses are some of the loveliest Donatella has created

Versace haute couture review

Beautiful evening dresses are some of the loveliest Donatella has ever created
No hope and no jobs, so Gaza's young risk their lives, climb the fence and run for it

No hope and no jobs in Gaza

So the young risk their lives and run for it
Fashion apps: Retailers roll together shopping and social networking for mobile customers

Fashion apps

Retailers roll together shopping and social networking for mobile customers
The Greek referendum exposes a gaping hole at the heart of the European Union – its distinct lack of any genuine popular legitimacy

Gaping hole at the heart of the European Union

Treatment of Greece has shown up a lack of genuine legitimacy
Number of young homeless in Britain 'more than three times the official figures'

'Everything changed when I went to the hostel'

Number of young homeless people in Britain is 'more than three times the official figures'
Compton Cricket Club

Compton Cricket Club

Portraits of LA cricketers from notorious suburb to be displayed in London
London now the global money-laundering centre for the drug trade, says crime expert

Wlecome to London, drug money-laundering centre for the world

'Mexico is its heart and London is its head'
The Buddhist temple minutes from Centre Court that helps a winner keep on winning

The Buddhist temple minutes from Centre Court

It helps a winner keep on winning
Is this the future of flying: battery-powered planes made of plastic, and without flight decks?

Is this the future of flying?

Battery-powered planes made of plastic, and without flight decks
Isis are barbarians – but the Caliphate is a dream at the heart of all Muslim traditions

Isis are barbarians

but the Caliphate is an ancient Muslim ideal
The Brink's-Mat curse strikes again: three tons of stolen gold that brought only grief

Curse of Brink's Mat strikes again

Death of John 'Goldfinger' Palmer the latest killing related to 1983 heist
Greece debt crisis: 'The ministers talk to us about miracles' – why Greeks are cynical ahead of the bailout referendum

'The ministers talk to us about miracles'

Why Greeks are cynical ahead of the bailout referendum
Call of the wild: How science is learning to decode the way animals communicate

Call of the wild

How science is learning to decode the way animals communicate