Sydney dismiss Ferdinand bid

Sydney FC have ruled out making a bid for Rio Ferdinand as they look to secure a high-profile replacement for Italian superstar Alessandro Del Piero.

Ferdinand’s next move sparked a flurry of speculation after Manchester United decided against offering the 35-year-old a new contract.

The former England captain spent 12 years with the Red Devils and has no intention of hanging up his boots just yet.

But Sydney CEO Tony Pignata told AAP that the Sky Blues were likely to target an attacking player and would not be among the suitors lining up for the veteran defender’s signature.

"He's a great player and has had a great career ... but probably not a player that we would be looking at to be honest," Pignata said.

"From my understanding, from what I've read, he's still keen to stay in the EPL - and he's probably good enough to keep playing in the EPL.”

He added: "Generally, if you go for a marquee, you want someone probably in the front third.”