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Fred no-show for Tottenham talks

Lyon striker Fred
Brazilian Fred may be available for a low fee from French side Lyon

Tottenham's interest in signing Lyon striker Fred is now in the balance after the player failed to turn up for a meeting with manager Harry Redknapp.

Fred, 25, was reportedly seen at Spurs' 3-1 win over Stoke on Tuesday but did not meet Redknapp beforehand.

"He was supposed to come today but didn't turn up so I wouldn't bet on him coming tomorrow," said Redknapp.

"I don't know what happened. He's out of contract in the summer so I think Lyon are asking for a small fee."

Tottenham had stepped up their interest in the Lyon forward after failing to secure Kenwyne Jones from Sunderland, who opted instead to sign a new contract with the Black Cats.

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Redknapp is also due to make a decision on whether to take Stephen Appiah as a free agent following a reserve game against Reading on Wednesday.

The Ghanaian midfielder has been training with Tottenham with a view to earning a permanent move.

The 28-year-old has been without a club since ending his deal with Turkish side Fenerbahce in August.

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see also
Tottenham 3-1 Stoke
27 Jan 09 |  Premier League
Jones signs new Sunderland deal
27 Jan 09 |  Sunderland
Tottenham secure Chimbonda return
26 Jan 09 |  Tottenham
Appiah chases Tottenham contract
06 Jan 09 |  Tottenham


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