Leighton Baines asked to leave Everton in order to join Manchester United during the summer transfer window, according to Toffees coach Alan Stubbs.
The full-back was a target for Manchester United following the arrival of David Moyes and was the subject of a joint £27 million bid along with Marouane Fellaini.
While the Belgian midfielder eventually got his move to Old Trafford on deadline day, Baines wasn't allowed to leave Goodison Park in order to link up with his former manager.
Former Everton player Alan Stubbs now works as a coach on Merseyside as reserve team coach assistant, and says Baines asked to be allowed to leave in order to complete a move to Manchester United.
"Bainesy was never really an option to leave," the Daily Star quote Stubbs as saying.
"The club had dug its heels in but Bainesy had obviously said he'd like to go."
Despite not securing his dream switch to Old Trafford the England international hasn't let it effect his performances, and hit two spectacular free-kicks to help his side beat West Ham 3-2 over the weekend.
New Everton boss Roberto Martinez confirmed earlier this week that he isn't thinking about offering Baines a contract extension currently.