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Fulham boss Chris Coleman yesterday revealed that Claudio Reyna pulled out of his £2.5m switch to the Cottagers just two hours after being photographed in the club’s jersey to promote his arrival in west London.

Coleman was staggered when he learnt Manchester City had made a successful bid to sign Reyna, having only just discussed the midfielder’s training programme and told him he was likely to play against Tottenham today.

Sunderland had accepted Fulham’s initial offer for the USA international and the player agreed financial terms, only to perform an abrupt U-turn when Kevin Keegan made Manchester City’s interest known.

The incident is a massive setback to Coleman, who was hit earlier in the week by the departure of French striker Steve Marlet to Marseille in a season-long loan deal, and he admitted he was “bitterly disappointed” by the Reyna affair.

An angry Coleman revealed, “Claudio was with us yesterday, having his photo taken in a Fulham jersey. I was even discussing with him what training schedule we would have for him and he was going to take part tomorrow in some capacity.

“As far as I was concerned yesterday he was a Fulham player. Then two hours later I take a phone call saying there was a snag in the deal. Four hours later he was a Man City player. I am bitterly disappointed by the whole incident.

“We did everything correctly. We agreed a fee with Sunderland and we settled Claudio’s contract but somebody moved the goalposts at the last minute and it wasn’t us. It’s not as if I can go back to my chairman and ask for more money for the player. We agreed everything and right at the last minute it fell through.”