Manchester United are considering going back for Real Madrid left-back Fabio Coentrao in January, according to Spanish newspaper AS.
The Portugal international was close to making a deadline-day loan move to Old Trafford earlier this month - but the Premier League confirmed that the deal had not been finalised.
United boss David Moyes was keen to bring in another left-back this summer. The Scot unsuccessfully attempted to sign Everton's Leighton Baines, before turning to Coentrao on the final day of the transfer window.
However, if United are to secure the signature of the 25-year-old they will need to fend off Tottenham, who also remain keen on the full-back.
Coentrao asked to leave Real Madrid last month after falling behind Brazil left-back Marcelo in the pecking order at the Bernabeu.
The Portuguese defender signed for Los Blancos in a £25m deal from Benfica under former coach Jose Mourinho in 2011.
(With thanks to Sport Witness for translating)