Aulas rejects Spurs' Fred claims

The Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas pours cold water over Tottenham's claims they were to hold talks with want-away striker Fred.

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The Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has poured cold water over Tottenham's claims they were to hold talks with want-away striker Fred, claiming he has had no contact with the Premier League club. Aulas maintains Palmeiras are the only club to have lodged a bid for the Brazil striker, despite the Spurs boss Harry Redknapp saying he was snubbed by the player for a scheduled meeting before their 3-1 win against Stoke City last night. "All I know is I haven't received a single offer concerning him [Fred], in any case from a European club," said Aulas. "The only one has come from Palmeiras of Brazil, but Fred doesn't want to go there. "Regarding Tottenham, we haven't talked. The last news is that there is a disagreement between Fred and the English club." Fred is out of contract at Les Gones in the summer and has been used sparingly this term by the French champions. Redknapp is on the look out for a new striker after being rebuffed in his approach for Sunderland's Kenwyne Jones, with the Trinidad and Tobago striker penning a new contract with the Black Cats yesterday. Redknapp said on Fred's no show: "I don't know what happened, the plan was for me to meet him and have a chat with him. "He's out of contract in the summer so I think they are asking for a small fee." Aulas has given Fred a deadline of Saturday to find a new club or see out the season at Stade Gerland, while aiming a broadside at the player for his conduct in trying to engineer a move away. "Fred is in the process of tarnishing his image, notably with the big clubs," he added. "He must go to a European club by Saturday evening and there will be a transfer fee. It will not be too high, but there will be one. "And he knows what is expected of him if he has to stay."

*With Agencies