Spurs full-back Lee Young-Pyo snubs Roma

August 30, 2006

Tottenham defender Lee Young-Pyo's proposed move to AS Roma appears to have fallen through.

It is understood the player has opted to stay with Martin Jol`s club.

Lee was reportedly on the brink of a move to the Italian club after his South Korean agent Chin Sung-Won admitted a deal was close to completion.

But any move is now unlikely take place ahead of Thursday's transfer deadline with an official from the Global Sports and Entertainment Network reported as saying: ``We held negotiations with AS Roma and neared the final stages of a deal but the signing of the deal was called off for personal reasons.''

Roma have been long-time admirers of the left-back and tried to sign him last January. Lee has been switched to a right-back role this season because of the arrival of Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Canada international Paul Stalteri's lack of match fitness.

But Lee is a firm favourite with Spurs Jol, who has been happy with his performances this season even though Spurs have lost two of their opening three matches.

Lee's agent had said: 'You can consider the deal as almost sealed, as the only remaining procedure is the player's decision,'

Roma are looking for a left-back as a replacement for Argentina international Leandro Cufre, who joined Monaco on Tuesday.

While Tottenham were also reported to be on the trail of Wigan's Pascal Chimbonda.