Manchester United reportedly turned down the chance to sign Jack Rodwell in the transfer window.
The Metro claims Everton offered the player to the Red Devils in an effort to raise funds for their own transfer moves, with David Moyes not willing to sell defender Phil Jagielka.
However, the Toffees reluctantly let Mikel Arteta leave for Arsenal in a £10 million deal, although the move came too late for the club to instantly re-invest in players.
The reported £15 million proposition to Sir Alex Ferguson comes less than 12 months after Manchester United were thought to be considering a £20 million move for the England youth international.
However, a season spent largely on the treatment table or bench appears to have rapidly decreased the player's value, with Manchester United not willing to discuss the proposal and therefore 'passing up' the opportunity to sign the player.
The 20-year-old would fit in well with the current setup at Old Trafford though, with a plethora of young players stealing the headlines for Manchester United after a fine start to the campaign.
A preference for creative midfielder Wesley Sneijder would appear to be an obvious reason for the Red Devils' reluctance to move for Rodwell though, and any possible Manchester United deal now appears dead.