Fergie reveals Carrick's close
By Phil Jackson
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed that Man United are closing in on Michael Carrick.
Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed that Manchester United are closing in on a deal for Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Michael Carrick.
The fiery Scot has also ruled out the possibility of Carrick's Spurs team-mate Jermaine Defoe coming in to fill the gap left by Ruud van Nistelrooy's departure to Real Madrid, with youngster Giuseppe Rossi instead expected to take up the fourth striker's position.
There has been speculation surrounding The Red Devils all summer, and they are still yet to bring anyone in, but England international Carrick's arrival now appears imminent.
"There has not been any interest from us [in Defoe]," Ferguson told MUTV.
"As far as the Tottenham situation is concerned, we made a move for Michael Carrick - but that is all we did.
"He is the only Tottenham player we are interested in at the moment and I think it will stay that way."
United had been expected to bring in another front man, but have now turned to Rossi after his impressive form in the reserves and pre-season.
He had been expected to go out on loan to find first team football, but Ferguson has now revealed he will most likely keep the marksman.
"We want to see Giuseppe progress as a centre forward and it is looking more likely he will stay with us now," he added.
"We have targeted several players but in my experience, these things take time.
"We are not going to be stupid and just pay the price other clubs want.
"You have to negotiate and sometimes, you have to be patient and wait for the moment when eventually, the two clubs agree."
Milan hard-man Gennaro Gattuso was another player tipped to make a move to the North West, but Ferguson has now conceded defeat on the World Cup winner after the Italians escaped severe punishment for their involvement in the Italian match-fixing scandal.
"We were waiting to see what was going to happen with AC Milan," said the Scot.
"But they are still in the European Cup and Serie A, so there is very little chance of progressing on that one."