Manchester United will not make an attempt to sign Christian Eriksen in the January transfer window, according to a report.
The Danish international, whose Spurs contract expires at the end of the season, has been heavily linked with a move away from the club this month.
Tottenham are said to be unwilling to lose him for free in the summer and, as such, the likes of Inter Milan have been credited with interest in his services.
United have had a long-term interest in Eriksen, with Sky Sports News claiming that Old Trafford officials held talks about a move for the 27-year-old last summer.
The same source now reports, however, that United have decided to write off a January swoop, although it is not said whether the Red Devils are considering a future move.
As for where Eriksen could end up next season, Inter CEO Beppe Marotta has insisted that his side have had no contact with Spurs over a move for Eriksen.
He said: “Inter are often linked with players of great quality, and that is flattering, but we have not had any contact with Tottenham.
“Eriksen is a talented player, I don’t need to tell you that, and he will be a free agent in June 2020.
“I think many clubs are interested, he is an interesting player, but I will not stand here and tell you that we are in negotiations with his club or agent.”
Elsewhere, United midfielder Jesse Lingard is reportedly facing the axe by boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer following his performance in Tuesday’s derby defeat to Manchester City.
Solskjaer’s side were outclassed in the first leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final clash and Lingard was substituted for Nemanja Matic at half-time, by which time United were 3-0 down.
Reports now claim that assistant boss Mike Phelan was particularly vocal about Lingard’s failure to follow instructions and the England international is now running the risk of being dropped.