Manchester United remain keen on signing Real Madrid's Fabio Coentrao and are favourites to land the 25-year-old in a January bid, according to the Daily Star.
United's transfer market failure's were epitomised by their unsuccessful bid for the left-back.
In the remaining few hours of transfer deadline day, a rushed season-long loan bid was agreed by parties involved before the Spanish club pulled the plug on the deal before the paperwork was ratified, having failed to land a suitable replacement.
However, new Manchester United manager David Moyes remains determined to lure the Portugal international target to Old Trafford ahead of interested rivals Arsenal and Chelsea.
Coentrao moved to the Bernabeu from Benfica for a fee in the region of £25million back in 2010 on the back of a successful World Cup.
However, in the face of stiff competition from Brazilian left back Marcelo, Coentrao has managed just 36 appearances in La Liga and a further 27 in cup competitions.
The Red Devils continue to look for suitable left back replacements for the 32-year-old Patrice Evra.
They failed with multiple bids for Everton's Leighton Baines and interest in Southampton's starlet Luke Shaw came to nothing when the 18-year-old signed a new contract.
Coentrao insists he has no regrets over the failed loan move.
He said:"I want to do better than last season, despite already being at a pretty high level,
"I want to show everyone that I deserve to be at Real Madrid.
"There was this chance to go to Manchester United, but I am at Real Madrid and that's what matters."
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