Ferguson cools interest in United starlet Cleverley

Preston North End boss Darren Ferguson has cooled speculation that Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley is on his summer wanted list.

The 20-year-old is currently on a season-long loan at Watford and will be lining-up against North End on Saturday when the Hornets visit Deepdale.

Media reports this week suggested that PNE, Bolton and Birmingham were all interested in taking the talented youngster on loan next term.

But Ferguson thinks Cleverley will be part of the first-team squad at United in the 2010/11 campaign.

The Preston manager was speaking during a visit to the Busy Bees Nursery in Ashton.

Ferguson told the Evening Post: "Tom Cleverley won't be going out on loan next season, he'll be at United.

"He is a big part of their first-team plans.

"Tom is player I know plenty about, I tried to get him when I was at Peterborough.

"The lad is a good player, he wouldn't be at United if he wasn't.

"There is no truth in the fact that he is going to come here, or for that matter, anywhere else.

"I'm pretty certain of that after speaking to my dad, he's going back to United.

"People of his age, players like Danny Welbeck, will go out on loan for a certain period of time and then that's them."

Full story in Wednesday's Lancashire Evening Post

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