The 20-year-old joined Spurs from Standard Liege on January 3 with the north London club confirming the Red Devils will receive five per cent of the transfer feeTottenham have hit back at Manchester United and Sir Alex Ferguson's claims that the club acted improperly over the transfer of former Red Devils defender Ezekiel Fryers, who moved to Spurs earlier this week from Standard Liege.
The north London club were accused by Sir Alex of manipulating the rules after missing out on the 20-year-old in the summer and sealing his transfer in the January transfer window.
A spokesperson for Tottenham told the Guardian: "Zeki was out of contract [with United] in the summer, we had looked into the possibility of signing the player but were unable to agree a deal on the terms Manchester United were asking.
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"Unfortunately, a combination of this and the fact he had become homesick meant he wanted to return to England. His representatives made contact with clubs in England and this afforded us a second opportunity to sign the player.
"As per Fifa's solidarity contribution mechanism, Manchester United will receive 5% of the transfer fee we have paid."
Standard Liege said on their website that Fryers: "felt homesick and had difficulty acclimatising to life away from home and family. So when the London club became interested we understood the situation and were not opposed to the return of the player to England."
On Friday, Sir Alex accused Spurs of acting improperly, stating: "I'm disappointed in Tottenham. I think it's a blatant manipulation of the situation.
"I think the league should look into it and I think they should stop his registration until they examine it."