David Moyes has been trying ever since he joined Manchester United to sign a midfielder from Barcelona, so the news the club have turned one down certainly makes interesting reading.
In the same week Juan Mata's blockbuster transfer from Chelsea to United edged closer, the Red Devils reportedly snubbed the chance to sign Alex Song from Barcelona.
The Telegraph report: "Although the club have been offered the chance to sign former Arsenal midfielder Alex Song from Barcelona, senior figures have ruled out a move for the Cameroonian international."
Manchester United boss Moyes tried desperately to land Song's former and current teammate Cesc Fabregas, and the club were also linked to Thiago Alcantara and subsequently Sergi Roberto.
Song has failed to prove himself in the first team at the Nou Camp since his £15 million Arsenal switch, yet he became a proven performer in the Premier League with Arsenal.
Capable in central midfield and defence, he could provide United with extra steel and reinforce their options, particularly with Michael Carrick twisting an ankle against Sunderland.
He would also need no adjustment time having already played in the league, and importantly Song has a proven history of linking up well with Robin van Persie.
The two combined superbly in Van Persie's final season at the Gunners, and the Dutchman signing for United was even seen as the catalyst for Song wanting to move.
With Van Persie rumoured to be discontented at United, bringing in a former pal of his could certainly have helped the striker personally as well as the team.
Song may not be Thiago or Fabregas, but the saying 'don't look a gift horse in the mouth' applies here, especially with United's nightmare start to 2014.
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