Petulant...I don't know this Fred geezer personally, but we can't beleive everything one reads. The way it read (to me) was that there was a meet on in France. Our brass called and said they want to meet in London instead...they balked end of. They could have bowed out for any number of reasons (a conflict with something else for instance).
I'm a benefit of the doubt kind of guy anyway...you know live and let live. So...anyway...I have heard that Fred's a bit of a git; but so are a lot of players who aren't happy in their current situation (you don't have to look far for examples, our ex-own Dimitar Berbatov springs to mind).
Now they say we are going to ake an audacious bid of 20 mil for Santa Cruz (instead of 4 or 5 mil for Fred who is arguably just as good...I guess you pay the extra for a Prem-prove commodity vs one with the 'potential to do well'...again ask Man U or Liverpool about that (Berba and Keane cost them both a small fortune).