Everton defender Leighton Baines attempted to force through a summer move to Manchester United, according to Toffees coach Alan Stubbs.
David Moyes had hoped to complete a double-raid on his former club, with Baines and Everton teammate Marouane Fellaini in his sights.
But the Goodison Park outfit stood firm and refused to grant Baines a £12 million move to the reigning Premier League champions - though Stubbs has revealed that the player did try to push through a transfer.
As reported by the Daily Star, Everton coach Stubbs confirmed: "Bainesy was never really an option to leave.
"The club had dug its heels in but Bainesy had obviously said he'd like to go."
In the end, Manchester United had to settle for just Fellaini - the Belgian midfielder moving to Old Trafford on transfer deadline day for a whopping £27.5 million.
And reports have suggested that Moyes has now ended his interest in Baines altogether, with the United boss having switched his attention to Southampton's highly-rated left-back, Luke Shaw.
The Manchester United boss is clearly keen to strengthen his options at full-back, having failed with moves for both Baines and Real Madrid's Fabio Coentrao.
With Patrice Evra on the wrong side of 30 and with question marks surrounding the long-term future of Alexander Buttner, the Old Trafford club have made a new left-back one of their top priorities when the transfer window re-opens in January.