Standard Liege beat Tottenham to signing of Zeki Fryers from Manchester United

The 19-year-old left-back was set for a move to Spurs after agreeing terms but, following complications between the two clubs, he has instead joined the Belgian side

Former Manchester United defender Zeki Fryers has agreed a two-year contract with Standard Liege, after the Belgian club swooped following complications over a move to Premier League side Tottenham.

The England Under-19 left-back departed Old Trafford at the end of last season after failing to agree a new contract and looked set to join Spurs after agreeing terms with the club as exclusively revealed, but the move was complicated by the fact that a fee would have to be set by a tribunal with United wanting around £6 million for the defender.

And Liege, who will not have to pay such a hefty price as they can sign him for a minimal compensation fee, stated on their website that after tracking Fryers for two years, signing him was an opportunity they could not afford to miss.

"We spotted Ezekiel two years ago at the Elite tournament where England and Belgium participated," assistant coach Jean-Francois de Sart told the club's official website.

"We [have] followed [him] since [then]. He was out of contract with Manchester United and it was a great opportunity we could not miss."

Fryers is the third high-profile departure of a youth player from Old Trafford in the past eight months, with Ravel Morison and Paul Pogba joining West Ham and Juventus respectively.

The 19-year-old made six appearances for the first team in total, with his last appearance for the team coming in the 3-2 defeat to Blackburn at Old Trafford on Boxing Day.