Manchester United & Liverpool defender target joins Benfica

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Manchester United and Liverpool defender target Guilherme Siqueira has joined Benfica on a season-long loan.

The 27-year-old was linked with a move to the Premier League in the final month of the summer transfer window, with Red Devils chief David Moyes eyeing the 27-year-old as a possible alternative to Leighton Baines.

Neither player made the move to Old Trafford, and Manchester United also failed in their efforts to bring Fabio Coentrao to the Premier League.

Benfica have subsequently landed the player on a season-long loan deal, with the Portuguese giants confirming the deal.

"Benfica have secured Guilherme Siqueira on a one-year loan deal for the 2013-14 season," read an official club statement.

"The Brazilian left-back, 27, arrives from Granada, where has played since 2011. Before playing for Granada, Siqueira played for Avai, Ipatinga, Inter Milan, Lazio, Udinese and Ancona."

Failing to land Siqueira was one of a number of transfer blows for Manchester United this summer, with Belgian international Marouane Fellaini the only big name addition this summer.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers had much more success, strengthening his Reds side in a number of positions - including defence.

Siqueira was linked with a move to Anfield last month, but after the club secured the signing of Aly Cissokho to go alongside Kolo Toure, the probability of the player moving to Anfield dramatically reduced.

And, the additions didn't stop there on Merseyside, with Mamadou Sakho and Tiago Ilori joining Liverpool in the final stages of the window.

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