Fred too greedy for Spurs

But the 25-year-old wanted a massive £18million contract until 2013.

A source close to Spurs told News of the World: “Tottenham were ready to make a big financial effort to sign Fred — but he showed himself to be much too greedy.

“It’s as though the player asked Tottenham to pay out two transfer fees. In the end, it just became completely ridiculous.”