Fergie rules out transfer rush

Alex Ferguson expects the end of Euro 2008 to herald a busy spell in the transfer market but insists Manchester United will not be rushing to spend.

The United manager has targets, but after a season in which his team won the Barclays Premier League and Champions League he is confident in the quality they already possess and could settle on just one new arrival.

Ferguson said: “The European Championship derails transfer activity. Nothing really happens when the championships are on.

“Obviously, now that is all over, people settle down. Managers are back at their clubs and you can get some dialogue now if they are interested, but I wouldn’t think (we would buy) any more than one player.

“We are looking at one or two things.”

Ferguson will continue to monitor movement in the market but does not see many transfer dealings being straightforward.

He said: “People think it’s easy to buy players nowadays, but it’s not because money plays a big part first of all.

“Clubs with ambitions don’t want to sell their best players, so it’s not as easy as you’d think and we tend to look for younger ones.”

Ferguson was speaking at the Great Scots Cup charity golf event, held at the Carrick course by Loch Lomond where he is the honorary captain.

Proceeds from the event were to be donated to Ferguson’s charity, Elizabeth Hardy Ferguson Trust Fund, and the Children’s Hospice Association Scotland.

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