Manchester United have ended their pursuit of Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski.
The Poland international has been a long-term target for the Red Devils. But they have now abandoned plans to sign him.
The 25-year-old was the subject of an £18m bid during Sir Alex Ferguson’s time in charge. Borussia rejected that offer but are now set to lose their star striker on a free transfer at the end of the season.
United were one of a number of Premier League sides linked with making a cut-price attempt to sign Lewandowski in January or challenge German giants Bayern Munich to get him on a Bosman next summer.
By the Daily Star reports that United are no longer in the race. Manager David Moyes has reportedly told his bosses that strengthening his midfield is far more pressing.
A club source said: “Lewandowski has been a target but the new manager can’t see where he would fit into the team.
“Other areas of the squad need strengthening and so the manager has turned his back on Lewandowski so the manager has turned his back on Lewandowski once and for all.”