Man Utd boss Ferguson wanted to swap Rooney for Man City keeper Hart

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson was prepared to sell Wayne Rooney to Manchester City, it has been revealed.

Ferguson claimed Rooney had submitted a transfer request earlier this month as their relationship hit rock bottom.

The Mirror says Ferguson had even explored using Rooney as bait in an incredible player-plus-cash swap deal to bring Manchester City keeper Joe Hart to Old Trafford.

Ferguson is a big admirer of Hart and felt his unhappiness under Roberto Mancini gave him a chance of snatching him.

Hart is now happier at Eastlands and will stay on under boss-in-waiting Manuel Pellegrini following last week's decision to sack Mancini.

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