It appears that the summer break hasn’t been long enough to bridge the widening rift between Dwight Yorke and Alex Ferguson.

Ferguson, desperate to off-load the striker who has just one year left on his current contract, has refused to issue him with a squad number.

Problems between the pair reached boiling point last year when Yorke’s huge wage demands scuppered a move to Middlesbrough. A price had already been agreed and Ferguson was in negotiations with West Ham to bring Paolo di Canio in as a replacement.

More recently it seemed Yorke was on his way to Blackburn. Manager Graeme Souness has made no secret of his desire to re-unite Yorke with his former United team-mate Andrew Cole. But at the moment no price can be agreed between the clubs and Souness is growing impatient.

With Matt Jansen set to sit out the first part of the season thoough injury, Blackburn need reinforcements up front. Souness is now thought to be turning his attention towards Eidur Gudjohnsen. A bid of around œ9 million might be enough to convince cash-strapped Chelsea to part with the Iceland star.