Berbatov could join Spurs - Fergie

  • Last Updated: August 31 2012, 15:28 BST

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has raised the possibility of record signing Dimitar Berbatov returning to Tottenham.

Dimitar Berbatov: Spurs return suggested by Ferguson

Berbatov has no future at Old Trafford and, after a day of speculation, it was thought the Bulgarian had settled on a move to Fulham.

Cottagers boss Martin Jol spoke optimistically about the deal on Thursday.

However, Ferguson on Friday insisted no deal had been completed.

"I do not know what has happened," the Scot said.

"He has not gone yet. I do not know anything about it. There's not been any contact from him.

"We thought he was in Italy but it turned out he isn't. He could be anywhere. I really mean that.

"I wouldn't be surprised if he was at Tottenham. There are rumours going around. I do not think it is settled at Fulham."

A Tottenham source expressed doubt about the deal, although it would be a surprise if Ferguson mentioned it without some kind of background knowledge.

Meanwhile, the United boss has confirmed he expects Wayne Rooney to be sidelined for four weeks following the deep gash to his thigh sustained in Saturday's win over Fulham.

Medical staff were alarmed by the extent of the wound, leading to speculation Rooney could be out for longer than was originally anticipated.

However, that is not going to be the case.

"He should be back in four weeks," said Ferguson.

"He was in yesterday. It is nothing serious on the gash. It is a bad one but he was treated quickly so we don't expect any complications.

"And the fact it is a gash rather than a ligament or joint injury means he can do a lot of work in the gym."

Ferguson also confirmed Ashley Young, who was omitted from the England squad yesterday, had picked up a knee injury, although he was evidently not impressed at how the information became public.

"It was nice of the FA to let everyone know that Ashley Young is injured," he said.

"There is no point in giving them any information now.

"He got a knee injury last week. It is not serious. He will be ready in a couple of weeks' time."

There was some good news on the injury front for United, with Jonny Evans available to partner Nemanja Vidic in central defence at Southampton on Sunday.

After undergoing a summer ankle operation, Evans was on the bench for the Fulham game.

He came through an Under-21 league outing against Tottenham on Wednesday to at least ensure Michael Carrick will not be required to continue in his emergency central defensive role.

Darren Fletcher featured in the same game.

And Ferguson confirmed the Scotland skipper will head north during the international break to train with his national side as he continues his rehabilitation.

"Darren has put all the weight back on," said Ferguson.

"He is back to his normal weight from three years ago.

"He is training well every day. I think he is going up to Scotland again next week.

"He did really well the other night. I don't know where it places him because with the condition he has it is a question of wait and see.

"But if he keeps doing as well as he is doing, he will come into consideration."