Spurs keen on United defender

Fryers attracting interest as his contract nears expiry

Ezekiel Fryers: Manchester United defender is a target for Tottenham Hotspur

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Sky Sports understands Tottenham Hotspur are leading the race for Manchester United starlet Ezekiel Fryers.

Fryers is stalling over a new deal at Old Trafford and he could leave for nothing when his contract expires at the end of the season.

The news has alerted a host of clubs to Fryers' possible availability in the summer if he fails to agree a new contract.

The 19-year-old, who has come through the youth ranks at United, has made six first-team appearances for Sir Alex Ferguson's side this season, making his full debut in the Carling Cup win over Leeds.

Fryers is highly regarded at the Premier League leaders and United are reluctant to lose the defender on a free transfer

Tottenham are thought to be long-term admirers of Fryers with his versatility of being able to play left-back or centre-back making him an attractive proposition.

If Fryers sees out his contract this summer Spurs could land the England Under 19 international for a small compensation fee.