Manchester United made a bid to sign Real Sociedad striker Willian José in the January transfer window, but it was deemed ‘absolutely unacceptable’ by the Spanish club.

United ended up on a last-minute dash at the end of the winter window after an injury to Marcus Rashford left them short up front for the remainder of the season.

They were subsequently linked with a number of strikers before the January 31st deadline, ultimately signing Odion Ighalo on loan from Shanghai Greenland Shenhua.

One man they were linked to was José, who at that point was also being pursued by both Tottenham and Barcelona, also in dire need of additional firepower.

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Unlike those two, Manchester United’s interest seemed to be passing at best, but according to Mundo Deportivo, that wasn’t the case.

They confirm that United were ‘interested’ in the Brazilian striker after ‘being offered him by his representatives’ and even went as far as to make a €10m bid for him.

That was rejected out of hand, however, alongside offers from Tottenham and Barcelona, by Real Sociedad, as they deemed them as unacceptable.

That left José stuck with La Real, where he now ‘seeks redemption’ after pretty much burning all his bridges at the club, and Manchester United to sign Ighalo in a deal that raised more questions than it answered.