A deal for Manchester United to re-sign Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo remains a possibility, according to the Mail on Sunday.
The Premier League champions have little chance of luring the Portuguese forward back to England in Janaury, but could make a deal happen after the 2014 World Cup next summer.
Earlier this week, Red Devils boss David Moyes admitted that he would love to work with Ronaldo at Old Trafford, and now there is genuine hope he could return to his former club in 2014.
The 28-year-old recently penned a new five-year contract at the Santiago Bernabeu, which ended speculation of a summer exit, but Manchester United officials remain confident they can negotiate a mega-money deal.
Part of the reason United's summer transfer activity was 'off the pace' was due to the fact that money had been set aside for the Ronaldo signing, and when that fell through, the club were forced to act quickly before the deadline.
The length of time it took for Real Madrid to conclude a deal for Gareth Bale also played a part in preventing Ronaldo's departure, but that doesn't mean that Manchester United have given up hope completely of bringing the superstar back to Old Trafford.