Manchester United failed in their attempt to get a season-long loan deal for Real Madrid full-back Fabio Coentrao completed before the close of the transfer window, it has been confirmed.
The reigning Premier League champions attempted to get a late deal for the Portuguese international over the line before the 11pm deadline last night.
However reports emerged later on suggesting that the paperwork for the deal wasn't filed in time.
As of Tuesday morning the Premier League were unable to clarify whether the deal had gone through or not - however now it has been confirmed that it wasn't completed in time.
New Manchester United boss David Moyes and in particular chief executive Ed Woodward have come in for criticism following a scattergun approach to the transfer market on deadline day.
They were reportedly close to a deal for Athletic Bilbao midfielder Ander Herrera, only for events to take a bizarre twist when it was reported a group claiming to represent the Red Devils spent an hour at La Liga headquarters trying to obtain paperwork that would allow the Spaniard to head to Old Trafford.
It has also been confirmed that Manchester United also failed with an bid for Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira.
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