Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal is being forced to turn to his "B-list" of transfer targets after missing out on the players he originally wanted to sign according to the Daily Mirror.
It has been a frustrating summer at Old Trafford so far with a host of top targets slipping through their fingers, and now with time running out they are having to look at alternatives in order to bolster their squad.
When Van Gaal arrived at Manchester United after the World Cup it was expected to kick-start a major squad overhaul with reports suggesting that the Dutchman had £200 million at his disposal in order to avoid a repeat of last season where they recorded their lowest ever Premier League finish. It has also been claimed that seven players will be shown the exit.
However for all the talk of transfer activity there has been relatively little to date, with Luke Shaw, Ander Herrera and Marcos Rojo the only new faces at Old Trafford this summer. That has been a source of frustration for Van Gaal, who is growing tired of executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward's inability to get deals done.
The Mirror say that the Manchester United boss has been forced to turn to a list of lesser names to bolster his squad before the close of the window having missed out on the likes of Toni Kroos, Arturo Vidal and Thomas Mats Hummels.
Daley Blind and Kostas Manolas are now on the Red Devils radar as they try to add some reinforcements at the back - although further forward there is still a chance that they could pull off a big-money deal before deadline day.
Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti revealed today that Angel di Maria, who has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford, has handed in a transfer request after turning down the offer of a new contract.
The Argentinian is expected to cost in excess of £50 million - although previously Woodward has insisted that the club are willing to break the transfer record this summer so that shouldn't prove to be a problem. The Mirror say that a move for Khedira could be on the cards as well and he should be available for around £25 million, although he will command a weekly wage of around £175,000.
The German has been linked with both Chelsea and Arsenal however, while PSG retain an interest in Di Maria and could still move for him despite publicly claiming that the deal was off.