Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson says it is time to forget about signing Inter Milan's Wesley Sneijder.
With Luka Modric and Samir Nasri seemingly bound for Chelsea and Manchester City, should they eventually leave Tottenham and Arsenal this summer, Sneijder appeared the most obvious replacement for Paul Scholes.
There has still been plenty of speculation about a deal, including a claim that shirt manufacturers Nike may get involved to push it through. However, when asked about Sneijder in Seattle on Sunday, Ferguson's response was blunt. He told Press Association Sport: "Forget it. We are looking at some things but I am not so sure Sneijder will be easy to get."
If Ferguson has turned elsewhere, the options are not extensive.
Germany powerhouse Bastian Schweinsteiger has been mentioned and this weekend Valencia's Juan Mata has also come into the frame.
However, quality control at a side that has won four Premier League titles out of the past five and reached three Champions League finals in four attempts means most are dismissed as a waste of time.
"I could pick three or four players to come in but they wouldn't be good enough for us so there is no point," said the Scot.
Indeed, with new boy Phil Jones able to operate in a midfield holding role, Tom Cleverley tipped for big things after an excellent season on loan at Wigan and big demands being placed on Anderson to finally fulfil his potential on a regular basis, Ferguson claims he would be content to face his championship rivals with the current group of players.
"I would be happy enough," he said.
"Maybe I am a bit overloaded in the strikers' positions. The alternatives in midfield are not nearly as strong. But I have a good squad."
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