Transfer news: Manchester United look set to miss out on Real Madrid's Fábio Coentrão once more

After a second bid is rebuffed, United manager Moyes may look elsewhere

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Manchester United manager David Moyes is resigned to failing in a second attempt to prize Fábio Coentrão away from Real Madrid, according to reports.

The embattled United boss has already tried once before to sign the Portuguese left-back, on the final day of the summer transfer window, but was pushed back with just moments to spare.

The Red Devils returned for the Madrid star earlier this month and were confident of wrapping up a deal after personal terms were agreed without a major hiccup.

However, much was the case six months ago, the two clubs have failed to agree a fee.

News broke this morning that Moyes has been given free rein over the club’s transfer dealings with the Old Trafford hierarchy concerned about their chances of qualifying for the Champions League.

Despite admitting that any significant signings in January were ‘doubtful’, the 50-year-old is keen to avoid any rash buys.

"There is an urgency that we would like to bring people in," he said following United's 2-1 home defeat to Swansea City in the FA Cup.

"But are those players available in January?

"So there is no point in me hyping it up because the players we would like to bring in are probably not available in January, not because we don’t want to do it."