Manchester United have reportedly failed in a late bid to sign Josh King from Bournemouth to ease their striker shortage.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer coached King during his time as Under-23s coach at Old Trafford and the United boss is said to have made an attempt to being the Norway forward back to the club.
But The Telegraph reports that United’s enquiry was not considered by the relegation-threatened Cherries.
United are also reported to have been offered Real Sociedad striker Willian Jose as a short-term answer to their attacking woes.
The Brazilian striker has been linked this month with Tottenham, who are similarly short up front. But Spurs have been stalling over Sociedad’s demand for £25million to sell the 28-year-old.
Spurs remain in talks with the La Liga club, but ahead of the final 24 hours of the transfer window, Sky Sports claims United have been contacted about the possibility of a loan move.
Solskjaer is keen to land a striker before Friday’s 11pm deadline, possibly on loan to provide cover while Marcus Rashford recovers from a back injury.