Man United & Liverpool target 'not for sale' in January

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Manchester United and Liverpool have been dealt a blow in their alleged pursuit of Alessio Cerci, after Torino chief Urbano Cairo reiterated that the midfielder is not for sale this month.

In an interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport, the Serie 'A' chairman denied suggestions that he had received any enquiries for the player's services, adding that the club would not entertain any offers in the January window.

Red Devils boss David Moyes has been credited - by Sky Sports - with an interest in bringing the Italy international to Old Trafford, as he looks to add some much-needed creativity to his ranks at Manchester United.

Bredan Rodgers has also been mooted as an admirer of Cerci, but Liverpool's hopes of luring him to Anfield have also suffered a setback following Cairo's comments.

"We haven't received any offers from anyone, Juventus included," he responded to speculation linking the player with the Italian champions. "Alessio has always been sincere and realistic and he isn't a hypocrite.

"As for as I am concerned he isn't for sale but a lot also depends on him. If, in the future, he wants to consider offers from big and rich clubs then of course we will talk again.

"I don't want to put a price on Cerci right now though as I have never thought about selling him."

Cerci has scored nine goals in 19 appearances for Torino this season, so it's clear to see why he's attracted attention from the likes of Manchester United, Liverpool and Juventus.

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