Manchester United look set to receive another painful transfer blow, with Athletic Bilbao midfielder Ander Herrera having re-iterated his desire to remain with current employers Athletic Bilbao.
Spanish midfielder Herrera was strongly linked with a move to the Premier League champions prior to the close of the summer transfer window, but a move did not materialise before it closed on September 2 amid curious rumours surrounding rogue agents.
However, while a move to Old Trafford for Herrera did not come to fruition during the summer, speculation has persisted linking him with a move to Manchester United when the window opens once again in two months time.
However, the player himself - who reportedly has a release clause of £36 million in his contract with Bilbao - would appear to have moved to cool such rumours by insisting that he intends to stay at San Mames.
"I am tired about this issue," the 24-year-old was quoted by the Daily Star.
"People are going to think that I want an exit but it is not true. I have said already that I am happy in Athletic Bilbao and I am going to stay here."
Manchester United have suffered from an alarming lack of creativity so far this season after new manager David Moyes failed to land a number of preferred midfield targets after taking over from Sir Alex Ferguson following the climax of the 2012/13 campaign.
Herrera's words are likely to come as yet another blow to Moyes, who is under considerable pressure to prove his nous in the market this winter after a summer plagued with struggle and disappointment.
Among the other targets believed to be on Moyes' January wishlist include the likes of Atletico Madrid starlet Koke and Real Madrid's Argentine international Angel di Maria.