Manchester United considered a deadline day move for Brighton and Hove Albion striker Glenn Murray before turning to Odion Ighalo.
The Red Devils were frantically searching for a new forward late in the transfer window and were linked to countless different players before ultimately settling on a six-month loan deal for Shanghai Shenhua's Ighalo.
The 36-year-old has started just four Premier League games, three of which came in the first five games of the campaign, so it was believed Brighton might have been open to letting him go on a temporary basis.
Seen as a traditional out-and-out striker, Murray was viewed as the ideal candidate for the role at Old Trafford. United wanted a powerful presence to spearhead their attack and they felt as though Murray could be that man.
Given he is also a United fan, the Red Devils may have felt confident of being able to convince Murray, but the move ultimately failed to materialise and he ended up signing a new 18-month contract with Brighton.
Manager Graham Potter assured Murray that he still had a future at the club and negotiations over a new contract are thought to have been relatively straightforward.
United eventually turned to Ighalo, whose agent recently admitted that the whole transfer saga came as a surprise to him.
The former Watford man has now arrived in England and could make his debut for the Red Devils after the winter break, when United travel to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea in a match which could be crucial to both sides' chances of finishing in the top four.
With United currently six points behind the fourth-placed Blues, a defeat would leave them with lots of work to do to claw their way into Champions League qualification.
Source : 90min