Marouane Fellaini begged old club Everton to let him leave for Manchester United, the Mirror reveals.
The big Belgian handed in a transfer request in person last night, in a bid to ensure United's fourth bid for him was accepted by the Toffees.
According to reports, Fellaini met with manager Roberto Martinez at around 7:30pm yesterday evening and pleaded with him to allow him to leave the club.
At times it seemed as though United have given up in their pursuit for the midfielder, as negotiations stalled yesterday when the Red Devils refused to up their bid from £23million.
It took up until five minutes before the transfer deadline was due to shut for the two clubs to settle on an agreement, with Everton having rejected three offers over the course of the day.
United boss David Moyes had reportedly turned his attentions to Athletic Bilbao midfielder Anders Herrera after his morning proposal for Fellaini was flatly refused, but was then refer back to the Everton man when the deal for Herrera went awry.
The deal that transferred Fellaini from Goodison Park to Old Trafford is thought to stand at around £27million.