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Saturday, 5 February, 2000, 12:33 GMT
Man Utd cool on Sheringham deal

Three into two won't go: Sheringham, Yorke and Solskjaer

Manchester United chairman Martin Edwards insists the Old Trafford giants will not be rushed into striking a deal with Teddy Sheringham over a new contract.

Edwards is not pleased by reports that Sheringham's agent is in Spain assessing the level of interest i the former England frontman, whose contract expires in the summer.

Happy dilemma: Ferguson faces a selection poser
"What I said to Teddy Sheringham and his agent was that we just wanted to register with them that we are keen for him to stay," Edwards said.

"Obviously he's looking at all his options and there's no pressure on him to sign straight away.

"His contract does not expire until the end of June and he's doing what I would expect him to do, he's looking around.

"His last port of call will be with us and I know and understand that."

Second-string unrest

Manchester United face a battle to hang onto their second string strikeforce, following increasing speculation that Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer want to leave Old Trafford.

But manager Sir Alex Ferguson has ruled out reports that his star midfielder David Beckham could be about to join Arsenal in a sensational 40m move.

Both Sheringham and Solskjaer have struggled to hold down first-team places this season, as Ferguson has preferred to use the Andy Cole-Dwight Yorke partnership.

Reports in Solskjaer's native Norway have suggested he wants to quit the Treble winners.

Solskjaer moved swiftly to quash the rumours - but that is unlikely to halt the reports of his imminent departure.

Continental check

Sheringham, 33, will be able to move on a free transfer in the summer.

He has been linked to a number of clubs, including West Ham of the Premiership, and his agent Barry Neville is now looking at Spanish options.

Cole has lost out to Sheringham in recent weeks
"I am here because there has been tremendous interest in Ted shown by a number of clubs," Neville said.

"I must stress that everything is at the early stages, and I'm here to find out how serious the initial interest is."

Sheringham may be encouraged to stay by his recent run in the United side, which included vital goals against Arsenal and Sheffield Wednesday and has seen him move up the pecking order.

"He did well against Sheffield Wednesday and he scored the goal for us," said manager Ferguson.

"It gives me a dilemma about picking my team. Andy Cole and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer are excellent players, but at the moment they're not getting into the team."

Ole on offensive

Solskjaer, who teamed up with Sheringham to score the goals that clinched United's European Cup final triumph last May, has insisted he wants to stay at Old Trafford.

He is half-way through a seven-year contract and has been linked with a number of clubs, including Tottenham, the side he snubbed when offered the chance of a 5.5m move in August 1998.

A report on a Norwegian website claimed he was unhappy at United and would soon be on his way.

But in an interview on Norwegian TV, Solskjaer hit back: "These stories are totally untrue and I did not say that," he said.

"They are without foundation and there is no way I wish to leave the club.

"I am happy here and I do not want to leave."

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