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Have Man Utd ended their push to make a big-name signing?

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Is Van Gaal happy with the squad he has got?
Is Van Gaal happy with the squad he has got?

Manchester United appear to have abandoned their pursuit of signing another big name star in this transfer window, after leaks from Old Trafford suggested there may be no more incomings ahead of Tuesday's deadline.

United 'insiders' claimed that they had bigger targets in mind when they 'decided' to pull out of a deal to sign Pedro earlier this month, with confirmation that they were no longer interested in the player coming shortly after it emerged he was on his way to Chelsea.

Back page headlines suggesting United were making moves to sign Bayern Munich's Thomas Muller, Real Madrid star Gareth Bale, Southampton winger Sadio Mane and - most improbably - Barcelona superstar Neymar have followed, but now it seems as if their spending is over for this window.

United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has succeeded in signing Memphis Depay, Morgan Schneiderlin, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Matteo Darmian and keeper Sergio Romero in this window, yet many will view his transfer dealings to have failed if he does not add a striker to his line-up.

Even though Wayne Rooney scored a hat-trick in United's Champions League play-off win against Club Brugge this week, manager Louis van Gaal has struggled to find a frontline producing goals in the Premier League this season.

United are bound to keep their options open ahead of the 6pm deadline next Tuesday, but the truth may be that they have run out of possible players to sign in the final days of this window.

Did Woodward aim too high as he tried to sign players who were never likely to be sold his summer? Did United miss a trick when they failed to push the Pedro deal over the line when they had a chance to do so?

They are all questions that may come back to haunt Van Gaal ahead of the next transfer window in January, when all these rumours will spark back into life once again.

Meanwhile, United defender Jonny Evans continues to be linked with a move away from Old Trafford, with the Northern Ireland centre-back believed to be attracting the interest of a host of Premier League clubs.