Wayne Rooney will seek assurances over his future at Manchester United before putting pen to paper on a new deal - amidst rumours that Sir Alex Ferguson is eyeing up a move for a new forward.

Rooney's future has been in doubt of late, and it was reported after he was dropped for Manchester United's Champions League tie against Real Madrid in March that the England international could be on his way out of Manchester.

His status as Manchester United's main main has been challenged since the arrival of Robin van Persie in the summer, with Rooney dropping into a deeper role more regularly.

Paris-Saint Germain and Manchester City have been touted as possible destinations should he quit Old Trafford.

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson vehemently denied the suggestions that the 27-year-old, who has two years left on his current £250,000-per-week deal, would be allowed to leave.

Now The Daily Mail report that negotiations to determine Rooney's future at Manchester United are set to begin soon, but the forward will seek to confirm that he figures in the club's long-term plans - especially if the Red Devils pursue another forward this summer.

According to the paper, Manchester United will also seek assurances for themselves before committing to an expensive long-term deal for the former Everton man.

The Red Devils have been linked with moves for Borussia Dortmund's Robert Lewandowski as well as Ateltico Madrid forward Radamel Falcao in recent weeks, and a deal for either could plunge Rooney's future even further into doubt.

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