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Everton on the cusp of Europa progress

Everton about an hour ago
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By ESPN Staff
Jan 17, 2008

Fred ends England links and stays with Lyon

Reputed Tottenham target Fred has ended speculation about his future by announcing he will be staying with Lyon until the end of the season. The Brazil international has been linked with a number of clubs, notably Paris St Germain and Spurs, since stating his desire to leave Les Gones after losing his place in the first team. But with Premier League club's interest cooling and PSG pulling out of the running to sign him today, the 24-year-old has decided to stay put. 'I haven't received any good offers,' he said. 'From now on, I am no longer talking about a transfer, I am 100% a Lyon player.' PSG were the only club to confirm they had put a bid in for Fred, who Lyon were willing to sell for a reported fee of 12million euros (£9m). But his and Lyon's delay in replying to the bid, combined with the player's perceived lack of motivation to move to PSG, made them pull the plug on a potential deal. Fred's brother and agent, Rodrigo, also claimed Spurs had come forward with an offer. But with the London club already having four top-class strikers on their books - although Jermain Defoe is reported to be discussing a transfer with Aston Villa - it was always unlikely they would make a move for the Brazilian. Fred now intends to give his all for Lyon, at least until the summer. 'PSG and Tottenham were interested but their offers did not interest me,' he said after training at the club's complex at Tola-Vologe.