Manchester United are ready to hand Victor Valdes a six-month contract until the end of the season after Queretaro officially pulled out of the race to sign the goalkeeper.
The Express carries quotes from the Mexican club's sporting president which confirm they have ended their interest in the Spanish veteran, citing his physical condition as one reason that an agreement cannot be reached.
Louis van Gaal is still keen to secure Valdes's services, but only on a short-term deal, having been impressed with his commitment since training with the Red Devils back in October.
However, the fact Valdes is after wages of around £150,000-a-week means that a longer contract is not possible at this stage, with the half-year agreement still amounting to a payment over £3.5 million for a player that will only act as cover for David De Gea.
Joaquin Beltran was certainly not happy with the demands of the 32-year-old, who has not kicked a ball for the best part of a year after suffering a serious anterior cruciate ligament injury midway through last season.
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"There is no agreement, it was not a good situation," said the Queretaro chief. "Also, the physical condition of Valdes after the operation was one of the points that had to be determined."
Liverpool have also been mooted as admirers of Valdes as Brendan Rodgers continues his search for a replacement for Simon Mignolet at Anfield, but it's thought that the veteran custodian would prefer to join Manchester United, even if it's as back-up to his compatriot at Old Trafford.