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Newcastle are out of the bottom three after Alan Shearer’s side beat North-east rivals Middlesbrough 3-1. But with just two games left can they still beat the drop?

Carlos Tevez’s representative Kia Joorabchian has denied that Manchester United have offered the Argentinian a new deal.

United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, speaking after the Red Devils 2-1 win at Wigan, indicated the club were close to reaching an agreement for Tevez.

“The situation has not affected Carlos at all,” said Ferguson. “He is a fantastic little player and he knows I want him to stay. I had another chat with him today about it and David Gill also had some more meetings today and I’m sure it has progressed further.

“The situation has never changed. The problem is we are not negotiating with a football club. The terms we have offered Carlos are very good, so we’ll see.”

Tevez is owned by a third-party offshore group, MSI, and he has only been on loan at Old Trafford for the last two seasons.

United are keen to finalise a permanent deal, but are believed to be reluctant to pay the near-£30million asking price.

Joorabchian has been quick to deny Ferguson’s claims, insisting that despite a meeting with United chief executive David Gill nothing had been offered to Tevez.

“We actually have not had any offer for Carlos, no offers for personal terms for Carlos,” he told Sky Sports News.

“I had a chat with David Gill, we had a meeting but no offer was made to Carlos.”

Joorabchian insisted that United already know the deal they need to do in order to make Tevez’s deal permanent.

“Two years ago when the deal was made, the deal was that he was on loan for two years and Manchester United had the option to purchase,” he continued.

“If they decided to purchase him they would offer him a permanent contract and the terms of the contract were fixed within the paperwork, therefore at any point in the two years they could do so within the terms agreed by United and us, as long as Carlos agreed.

“The contract that was agreed with United excludes all Bosman etc and that is clear, they are probably the biggest club in the world and I don’t think they would breach any contract.”

Newcastle are out of the bottom three after Alan Shearer’s side beat North-east rivals Middlesbrough 3-1. But with just two games left can they still beat the drop?

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