Tottenham's Chiriches move cancelled by imprisoned Steaua Bucharest owner

The 23-year-old had appeared to be on the verge of a transfer to White Hart Lane, but the move has been scuppered after the Romanian supremo was infuriated by Spurs
Tottenham's proposed move for Steaua Bucharest defender Vlad Chiriches has been cancelled by the club's controversial owner, Gigi Becali.

Spurs had looked set to clinch a £6.9 million deal for the highly-rated centre-back, but were reportedly unwilling to wait for Steaua to complete the deal after their Champions League qualifier against Dinamo Tbilisi, with the second leg set to take place on August 6.

According to Steaua manager Mihai Stoica, Becali, who was imprisoned for three years for his role in a land exchange case back in May, reacted furiously and called club staff from his cell to break off negotiations.

"Who are Tottenham?! Do not do any transfer, my name is Gigi Becali, I'm not a slave to anybody! We have an important game in the Champions League, why can't they wait?" Stoica relayed to DigiSport.

"Until winter he will not leave under any circumstances. This could be a blow to Chiriches, but he should understand," Stoica added. "He owes a lot to Steaua. Things are good, we are in qualifying for the Champions League. We are in good shape."

"[Tottenham] made a big mistake. They sparked anger in Gigi."

Earlier on Wednesday, Spurs sold 21-year-old centre-back Steven Caulker to Cardiff City.