It looks as if England defender Leighton Baines will not be making a move to Manchester United anytime soon.
According to the Daily Telegraph, Red Devils boss David Moyes has abandoned his long-term efforts to sign the left-back from former club Everton.
29-year-old Baines joined the Toffees from Wigan Athletic in 2007 and has impressed hugely at Goodison Park, making over 200 appearances for the club as a mainstay of the defence under Moyes and replacement manager Roberto Martinez.
His consistent form and reliable reputation unsurprisingly saw him become one of Moyes' top targets upon his own move to Manchester United during the summer, but despite the Premier League champions making more than one bid for Baines' services, Everton displayed admirable resolve to keep hold of one of their most-prized assets.
Seemingly undeterred by that summer failure, however, rumours surrounding a January Manchester United move for Baines were quick to surface, with reports just prior to the re-opening of the transfer window suggesting that Moyes was ready to provide a further difficult test of that aforementioned resolve with a fresh bid of £16 million for his services.
However, it appears now that Moyes has well and truly conceded defeat on this particular deal - news that is sure to come as a massive relief to the Everton fans who view Baines as such an integral figure of the first-team setup.
With Patrice Evra out of contract at then end of the season, it will be intriguing to see just who Manchester United and Moyes do choose to pursue as potential long-term replacements.