Salomon Rondon has revealed that he came close to joining Manchester United in the recently closed January transfer window.
The Manchester club were in desperate need of a striker to fill the void left by the injured Marcus Rashford, who was ruled out for a number of weeks.
The former Newcastle striker's name came up as a possible short-term option, but United eventually settled for Nigerian Odion Ighalo.
It was all out of my hands," the 30-year-old said as quoted by The Athletic.
“It means a lot to be linked with Manchester United because they have a great history and it must mean they think I did well in the Premier League.
“They started to talk to my agent and I was just waiting by my phone for a decision, maybe for the lawyers, but then I saw Ighalo had signed.
"It didn’t get to the stage where an offer was made or anything like that, but I think it was really close.”
Rondon, who currently plays for Dalian Professional in the Chinese League, had successful stints in the Premier League, turning out for West Brom before a loan stint at Newcastle.