Fergie ready to sell Brown
By Graeme Bailey
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed that he is likely to sell defender Wes Brown in January.Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed that he is likely to sell defender Wes Brown in January.
The 24-year-old England international has turned down the offer of a new contract at Old Trafford, with the wage the reported stumbling block.
However, Ferguson insists that no new talks are planned and the club will not be happy to see him depart on a Bosman transfer in the summer and with his contract due to expire in June - a move in January is now looking highly likely.
"We've made the boy an offer and he's turned it down," admitted Ferguson.
"It's his decision. He can please himself - there are no more talks planned that I'm aware of.
"We'd like to avoid the situation where he leaves on a free transfer.
"If he wants to stay we would love that. But if he wants to look elsewhere that's up to him - there's nothing you can do with modern-day footballers."
Ferguson's intimated that Brown's decision to change agents recently, had a bearing on his decision to shun the deal offered to him.
"He has changed his agent - I don't know why," said Ferguson.
"He's got an agent that has given him advice that I do not understand. I think the problem is with the agent, not the player."
News of Brown's possible availability could spark a transfer scramble for a player whose quality is undoubted, but whose long-term fitness is nothing if not questionable.
Northern Ireland goalkeeper Roy Carroll is also out of contract in the summer, and like Brown - he is thought to be stalling on a new deal.