Thursday, 8 January 2009

Spurs To Swoop For £3million Brazilian Striker?


Despite just clinching the signing of Jermain Defoe from Premier League rivals Portsmouth, Tottenham Hotspur are considering a swoop for Brazilian International Fred from French Champions Olympique Lyonnais, according to the Daily Mirror.

Defoe rejoined Spurs to be reunited with Harry Redknapp after a 12-month spell at Pompey and was thought to be back at White Hart Lane to form a partnership with summer signing Roman Pavlyuchenko at the North London club.

However, Tottenham still have a shortage of options upfront at the Premiership club, with Darren Bent on the sidelines with a groin injury and Fraizer Campbell widely tipped to rejoin parent club Manchester United, when the England Under-21 International’s loan spell ends.

This has led Redknapp to 25-year-old Fred, who could be available for as little as £3million due to the Brazilian being out of contract at Stade Gerland in the summer. The Ligue 1 side want to offload the striker in January rather than let Fred leave for nothing at the end of the season.

Spurs along with a host of other clubs had been linked with Fred in the summer, with a fee of £10million being bandied around for the striker, who holds the record for the fastest goal in Brazilian football at 3.17 seconds, while playing for America.

The situation at Lyon has changed now for Fred, who has fallen down the pecking order behind French International Karim Benzema at the French club and is believed to have asked Lyon for his contract at Les Gones to be terminated.

Fred has since claimed that he will stay with OL until the end of the season, but Lyon are understood to be ready to cash in on the Brazilian in the light of the interest from Tottenham, with the former Cruzeiro forward open to a move to England.

“England is a big league and it is natural for any player to want to go there,” Fred is quoted as saying recently.

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