Manchester United manager David Moyes has turned his back on a possible Robert Lewandowski transfer, according to a club source.
The Red Devils have been heavily linked with a move for the Polish international in the past, with Sir Alex Ferguson having an offer turned down 18 months ago.
But, with the Borussia Dortmund striker’s contract set to expire at the end of the season, it was thought that David Moyes could swoop once again for the player.
However, the new Manchester United manager is no longer interest, and has set his sights on strengthening the squad elsewhere, the source claims.
“Lewandowski has been a target but the new manager can’t see where he would fit into the team,” the source told The Daily Star.
“Other areas of the squad need strengthening and so the manager has turned his back on Lewandowski so the manager has turned his back on Lewandowski once and for all."
Manchester United aren’t short of options in attack, with Robin Van Persie, Wayne Rooney, Javier Hernandez and Danny Welbeck all capable of leading the line.
And, after missing out on a big-name midfielder in the summer, adding a playmaker could be on the agenda at Old Trafford in January.
The current Premier League champions aren’t the only club to have been linked with Lewandowski of course, and their exit from the race to sign the 25-year-old will be a boost to others.
That includes Chelsea, with the newspaper reporting that manager Jose Mourinho is also keen on the player.
The Blues have yet to settle for an option in-front of goal so far this season, with Fernando Torres appearing to be the manager’s first choice at this stage. Samuel Eto’o and Demba Ba are offering the Spaniard support at Stamford Bridge.
Lewandowski, who's goal record in Germany and Europe compares with the very best, would certainly add another dimension to the Chelsea attack, and also throw some of the current crop's future in west London into doubt.