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Sir Alex Ferguson has dropped the broadest hint yet that Alan Smith and Giuseppe Rossi are on their way out of Old Trafford - but squashed flat any suggestion of Gabriel Heinze leaving for Liverpool.

With the Carlos Tevez wrangle expected to be resolved by the end of August, Smith and Rossi's futures have been the subject of intense debate over the last few weeks.

Middlesbrough are rumoured to have made a substantial offer for Smith, who made an impressive contribution at the back end of the title-winning campaign after finally recovering from the horrific injuries he suffered at Liverpool in February 2006, while Parma are keen to keep Rossi, who scored nine goals in a 16-game loan spell to keep the club in Serie A.

Perhaps understandably given the uncertainty over Tevez's situation, Ferguson is trying to keep his options open as long as possible.

But the Manchester United boss accepts that if Tevez does eventually sign, neither Smith nor Rossi may feel entirely comfortable at the number of first-team opportunities they are likely to get next term.

"We have had offers for Giuseppe, which puts us in a bit of a situation, while the quandary with Alan surrounds his long-term future and getting regular games," Ferguson said.

"There is no doubt Alan did fantastically well for us when he came back last season.

"He gave the team a spiritual lift and because he is such a fighter, he was an inspiration to us. But he is 26 now and he wants regular football.

"I have to look at Manchester United in terms of how do we improve to get better. And when someone like Tevez comes along, it makes it difficult for people like Alan and Giuseppe in particular.

"The most important thing is that they are our players and we can make decisions when we like."

The situation is further muddied by Ferguson's admission he lodged a bid for another striker this summer.

Ferguson opted not to name the player but Bolton's Nicolas Anelka was rumoured to be a target, while the agent of Fabio Quagliarella, who scored 13 goals for Italian outfit Sampdoria last term but has since had his contract bought out in its entirety by co-owners Udinese, claimed six weeks ago United had bid £10million for the 23-year-old.

"We did try to get another player," confirmed Ferguson.

"It is obvious they are not going to sell at this particular time but we have our tabs on the situation."

If doubts persist over the precise nature of his striking pool, there appears little room for argument with Ferguson over Heinze's future.

United's Player of the Year in 2005 and a hero to the Red Devils support, the Argentina star has frustrated many fans with an apparent desire to leave for Liverpool.

Only once, Phil Chisnall in 1962, has a player headed out of Old Trafford down the East Lancs Road for the Merseyside giants and talk of transfers between the pair in the intervening four and a half decades has been almost non-existent.

Although Heinze seems to see no problem making the switch between the hated north-west duo, Ferguson has other ideas.

The Scot, whose side tackle K-League outfit FC Seoul in the second game of their Far East tour on Friday, clearly has issues over the involvement of Heinze's agent in talks over the 29-year-old's future.

And he has told a player who spent almost an entire year of his three-season stint at United recovering from major knee surgery he can forget any idea of turning Anfield into his home ground.

"I can assure you, Liverpool will not be getting Gabriel Heinze," said Ferguson.

"We can put that to bed right now and we have done so. We have had a couple offers for him and we have turned them down.

"I don't exactly know what Gaby thinks because it is all coming from his agent.

"He has been rolling the ball all the time but this has been going on for a year and a half now."
 

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ARBUCKS said:
Hope Rossi stays
He should stay as he has never had a real chance to shine in the first team - if we do sell him we could be losing a real diamond cos I rate him quite highly myself...

Plus.....

If we get striker injury problems etc etc, we could well NEED him !!!
 

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carlyluvsunited said:
He should stay as he has never had a real chance to shine in the first team - if we do sell him we could be losing a real diamond cos I rate him quite highly myself...

Plus.....

If we get striker injury problems etc etc, we could well NEED him !!!
Totally agree, there is no reason why we cant keep him and break me into the team
 

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According to the Parma president the Giuseppe Rossi deal is in major doubt and they are already starting to look at other targets.


As for Alan Smith, If he does leave I'd say the most likly destination for him is Middlesboro' or Everton!
 

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I think that it will be stupid to get rid of two strikers, If they sell Smith ( Which i think is most likey to happen ) then it would make sense to keep Rossi. Dont get rid of the two
 

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I think that it will be stupid to get rid of two strikers, If they sell Smith ( Which i think is most likey to happen ) then it would make sense to keep Rossi. Dont get rid of the two
Kinda mistake only Moaninho makes - he sold 2 central defenders and then gets major injuries in his defence and blames this for him not winning the title !!!!

Self inflicted Jose,. self inflicted my son, lol........oh yeah Jose - thanks for listening, you really kept our trophy glistening :p :p
 
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