Manchester United failed with a late attempt to sign Jean-Kevin Augustin from Red Bull Leipzig.
The French striker joined Championship side Leeds on-loan on Monday, but it has now emerged that the Red Devils tried to hijack the move with a bid at the eleventh hour.
They were too late though. According to The Atheltic, by the time United made the call, Augustin was already on his way to Yorkshire for his medical.
Per the report, Leeds' bid was already at an advanced stage and the Elland Road club had impressed Leipzig with their 'proactive stance' while Man United had been too reactive.
This is yet another blow for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who seems desperate to land a striker in the January window.
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It's also another example of the club's failure to tempt players to Old Trafford under Ed Woodward.
Are they days of Man United being seen as a desirable destination over? If Augustin turned them down, perhaps so.
It's also very interesting that Leipzig decided to send their player on-loan to the Championship rather than the Premier League.
With all of United's attacking injuries, surely the 22-year-old would have got a lot of playing time?
It seems almost unbelievable - and laughable - that the Manchester club missed out on Augustin to Leeds.
If he goes on to help fire leads to Premier League promotion, then Woodward will be left very red-faced.
This news comes towards the end of a very disappointing transfer window for United fans. There was genuine hope earlier this month that Bruno Fernandes would join the club.
But that move is apparently dead in the water after intervention from Joel Glazer.
With Marcus Rashford sidelined for at least another month, Solskjaer only has two fit forwards to pick - Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood.
Challenging week in, week out in the Premier League with such little attacking depth will surely be a struggle.
If only United had been more proactive in chasing Augustin, then their problems might have been solved.News Now - Sport News