Man United fail to land another target as deadline looms large

SoccerBy Colm Hayes
Omar Elabdellaoui in Champions League action for Olympiacos
Omar Elabdellaoui in Champions League action for Olympiacos

Following Jim Solbakken’s statement that Manchester United were interested in former Manchester City full-back Omar Elabdellaoui, the defender's agent has now ruled out any move until the summer.

"He is a home grown UK player and wants to play there in the future. We'll see what happens this coming summer," Solbakken told BBC Sport.

Norway international Elabdellaoui failed to make his mark after emerging through the youth team academy at Manchester City, but he had emerged as a surprise candidate to fill some of the defensive voids in Louis van Gaal's United side.

Luke Shaw, Marcos Rojo, Matteo Darmian, Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young are among the full-back options that have spent time in the United treatment room this season, with the Olympiacos defender looking like he would be a short-term option for the Red Devils before Solbakken confirmed the deal will not take place before the transfer window shuts.

Darmian and Rojo are both expected back in training in the next two weeks, while United were handed a boost today with the possibility of an earlier than expected return for Shaw.

A move for a new full-back was seemingly inevitable in this transfer window, though time is now really running out for Van Gaal and chief executive Ed Woodward to secure a deal before the transfer window closes at 11pm.