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20/07/2007 08:50

Papers: Liverpool told 'no'

Fergie Banz Heinze
Manchester United last night blocked Liverpool from signing Gabriel Heinze and warned their fiercest rivals that they will NEVER do business with them. Liverpool made a formal £6.8million offer for Heinze on Monday but it was immediately rejected by United, with Sir Alex Ferguson insisting there is no way the defender will be allowed to move to Anfield, and United chief executive David Gill went a step further, insisting they would also never sell players to their other title rivals, Chelsea and Arsenal. "I can assure you that Liverpool won't be getting Heinze," said Fergie.
David McDonnell, Daily Mirror

The same paper claims that David Moyes is set to step up his efforts to take Alan Smith to Goodison Park.

The Sun storms "West Ham last night angrily hit back at Kia Joorabchian over the Carlos Tevez saga and insisted: "We'll let FIFA decide."

As well as covering the Gaby Heinze story, The Sun also quotes Rio Ferdinand, who is close-to-bursting with admiration for Sir Alex. “The team we had when I first came here in 2002 was on a downward slope in terms of age," he says. "The manager knew he had to do some reshuffling — and has done it admirably."

Meanwhile, Owen Hargreaves, who endured a drawn-out transfer saga of his own, says Carlos Tevez should not to give up hope of joining United. "Every player would love to play for United, but sometimes these [deals] are difficult."

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