Manchester United have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of Borussia Dortmund star Marco Reus after they discovered that his £30 million release clause isn't active until next season, according to the Daily Mail.
The young German is rated as one of the brightest young talents in Europe, and starred in Dortmund's run to the Champions League final last season.
According to recent reports, Manchester United were hoping to lure him to Old Trafford, either in January or more likely in the summer.
A winter move certainly looks out of the picture now, with the Mail reporting that Reus' release clause isn't active until next season.
Manchester United would have had a tough time landing the midfielder even if they were able to activate his release clause, with the player himself recently insisting he was more than happy to stay put despite Dortmund's loss of form in the Bundesliga.
Under-fire Manchester United boss David Moyes remains hesitant over entering the transfer market in January, and believes the best time to bolster his squad may come in the summer.
"There is an urgency that we want to sign players but are the ones we want available in January?" he said.
"I have said before that I will try to bring players in this month,’ he continued. ‘But it is doubtful because of the way the window works. There is no point me hyping it up, because the ones we want are probably not going to be available. It is that, rather than us not wanting to do it."
The Red Devils slumped to their fifth home defeat of the season against Swansea on Sunday as they crashed out of the FA Cup in the 3rd round.
Moyes' side take on Swansea again in the Premier League at Old Trafford this weekend.