Dutch winger Quincy Promes has admitted that Manchester United were interested in signing him last summer, as reported by the Daily Mirror.
Promes, 23, hit 28 goals in his final two seasons in the Eredivisie, smashing 17 on loan for Go Ahead Eagles before returning to Twente and scoring 11 there.
The pacey wide man was unsurprisingly in demand after that season with Twente, and made the surprise move to Russia almost a year ago, joining Spartak Moscow.
With seven goals and three assists in 18 appearances for Spartak so far, Promes has continued his fine form with Murat Yakin's men.
Van Gaal handed Promes his international debut as Netherlands manager this time last year, but didn't take him to the World Cup in Brazil last summer.
United have lacked pace in the final third at times this season, and that may be why van Gaal was interested in signing Promes - but the winger himself says he wasn't ready for a move to Old Trafford just yet.
"I can confirm that," he said. "But a concrete proposal did not exist. Frankly, I felt at that moment not ready to make the transfer to Manchester. Who could guarantee me that I would not be constantly overlooked at United?"