United deny Bardsley sale
By Phil Jackson
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Man United have denied reports Phil Bardsley could be sold to Aston Villa.
Manchester United have denied reports that full back Phil Bardsley could be sold to Premiership rivals Aston Villa.
The 21-year-old Mancunian, tipped to replace Gary Neville at Old Trafford, has been farmed out on loan to Rangers this season along with winger Lee Martin.
While United's chief executive David Gill has now confirmed the intended length of their stays at Ibrox, he has dismissed reports of Martin O'Neill's interest.
"Lee Martin is there for the full season. We've sorted that out now with Rangers," he told the Daily Record.
"As for Bardsley, we can recall him in January as it stands. You have to do these things during the transfer window so he is there for that period at least.
"I have heard all the rumours about us selling Bardsley to Villa but there's simply no chance of that.
"He's an excellent right back and we are happy to have him playing at Rangers."
Meanwhile, Coventry City have reportedly agreed a fee with The Light Blues for striker Nacho Novo.
The Spaniard is one of several fringe players allowed to leave Paul Le Guen's squad, along with Olivier Bernard, Karl Pierre-Fanfan and Allan McGregor.
While deals for the others have stalled, The Scottish Premier League outfit have accepted a £500,000 bid from The Sky Blues for Nocho, ahead of interest from Preston North End.
Boss Micky Adams will now open negotiations with the player, as he looks to replace the departed Gary McSheffrey at the Ricoh Arena.
Rangers are also believed to have put a £600,000 bid in for Austria Vienna defender Sasa Papac, as the transfer window looms large on August 31.