Manchester United's chances of landing Mats Hummels from Borussia Dortmund have taken a hit as it appears the defender is '100% happy' to stay in Germany. They could now turn to Bayern Munich's Holger Badstuber, according to the Daily Mail.
The Red Devils' new manager Louis van Gaal was hoping to secure the services of the 25-year-old, who has been linked with a move to Old Trafford ever since the reign of Sir Alex Ferguson.
Now, the Dutchaman's need for a top-quality centre-back has been heightened after experienced duo Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic left the club after their respective contracts expired.
England youngsters Chris Smalling and Phil Jones, as well as Northern-Irish man Jonny Evans, are the only recognised players in the vital position. None of the above have ever established themselves as regulars.
Hummels had been targeted in a big money deal by United chiefs who were eager to atone for last season's dismal showing under David Moyes, who was sacked before less than 12 months into a six year contract.
However, it looks as though the Dortmund man - who is under contract for another three years anyway - could be about to extend his stay with last season's Champions League runner-ups after reportedly telling close friends he was 100% happy to stay a part of Jugen Klopp's side after the World Cup ends this summer in Brazil.
With their German target seemingly unmoved by United's interest, van Gaal may have to turn his attentions to another Bundesliga defender.
Holger Badstuber has only made 12 appearances for Bayern Munich in two years thanks to injury, but he could be the fall-back option for the Red Devils.
Moyes led the Old Trafford outfit to their worst-ever Premier League finish last season, finishing seventh, despite winning the league in Sir Alex Ferguson's last season as manager.
Van Gaal will start work with new his new club as soon as his World Cup duties as Holland boss end.