KING’S BAT­TLE FOR NEW DEAL

AJAX v MANCH­ESTER UTD Thurs­day, Live on Chan­nel 5, 8pm

Midweek Sport - - SPORTS - By MATT BUT­LER

SPURS de­fender Led­ley King is fight­ing to avoid a pay-as-you-play deal as he tries to thrash out a new con­tract.

King (be­low) – who is un­able to train reg­u­larly due to an on­go­ing knee prob­lem – is out of con­tract this sum­mer.

Ne­go­ti­a­tions be­tween the for­mer Eng­land man and Spurs chair­man Daniel Levy have bro­ken down be­cause of his in­jury woes.

King has to be treated with kid gloves and can play one game a week at the most.

He is never in­volved in full train­ing as a re­sult.

King has been at Spurs all his ca­reer and would love to stay on but is des­per­ate for a reg­u­lar deal.

Mean­while, Lille star Eden Haz­ard has told Spurs fans not to start crow­ing about sign­ing him just yet.

Tot­ten­ham look to have moved to the front of the queue of clubs want­ing to buy him af­ter both Arse­nal and Chelsea also expressed an in­ter­est.

But Bel­gium for­ward Haz­ard said: “I have not signed for Spurs or any­body. “I think it will hap­pen soon.

“Spain is more my style of game but if I move there it has to be to Barcelona or Real Madrid.” we en­ter. Both teams have a lot of his­tory in Europe, so it should be a great game.”

Fergie will be on red alert to quash the threat of Ajax’s mid­field sen­sa­tion Chris­tian Erik­sen.

The 20-year-old Dane is be­ing chased by Europe’s top clubs and this could be an au­di­tion for a switch to Old Traf­ford.

Fergie said: “There’s been a lot of at­ten­tion on the kid.

“Ev­ery­body’s been watch­ing him but they’ve al­ways been ca­pa­ble of pro­duc­ing good young play­ers at Ajax.

“They like to pro­duce their own play­ers, which is a great part of who they are.

“You go back to Jo­han Cruyff and Ruud Krol – Christ they have pro­duced some play­ers!”

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