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Mexes snubs United for Roma

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Auxerre defender Philippe Mexes is holding out for a move to Roma after spurning the advances of Manchester United . Sir Alex Ferguson has been tracking the French international for quite some time, but Mexes favours a move to Stadio Olimpico because he is not sure of his first-team prospects at Old Trafford. Boss Guy Roux revealed that Roma and Auxerre were moving closer to a deal for the 22-year-old, while further negotiations with Roma's sports director Franco Baldini are scheduled for the weekend. There has also been the suggestion that Mexes, who was overlooked for France's Euro 2004 finals campaign, could move to Paris St-Germain to plug the gap left by the departure of Gabriel Heize to United. "Philippe's agents refused (United's offer)," Roux told L'Equipe. "They were not sure he would play. "With Roma, there is still a gap. "We were 1 to 4 before the start of the meeting. Now we are only 1 to 1.8, so we are on the right track. "I hope there will be a new meeting. Some contact is forecast for this weekend. "Mr Baldini has to talk with his chairman."

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