Manchester United were blocked by Arsenal in a late bid to sign full-back Mathieu Debuchy on loan, according to reports on Tuesday.
The Frenchman, who was chased all month by first Aston Villa and then Sunderland, opted instead for a move back to Ligue 1 with Bordeaux, where he hopes to rekindle his hopes of featuring for France at Euro 2016.
But reports suggest Louis van Gaal identified Debuchy on Monday afternoon as a possible stop-gap at United, with the club contacting Arsenal to ask if the deal was possible.
The Red Devils are currently without five defenders and Van Gaal is desperate to avoid his squad being tested further.
United are already without Matteo Darmian, Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young, who have played at right-back this season.
Luke Shaw and Marcos Rojo remain out too – forcing Van Gaal to ask Arsenal about Debuchy.
The Gunners, however, were not keen to do business with United, despite claims the club were prepared to meet Arsenal’s £1.5million loan fee, as well as honouring the defender’s wages.