Manchester United were offered the chance to re-sign Dimitar Berbatov this summer, report The Sun.
The striker was a free agent after leaving Monaco as his contract expired, and had appeared keen on a return to England, with deadline day negotiations reported by SkySports earlier this month.
The forward ended up signing with Greek side PAOK, having been unable to strike an agreement at Villa Park.
The Bulgarian signed with United from Spurs back in 2008 for £30 million, but did not manage to live up to his price tag overall, despite a memorable hat-trick against Liverpool.
Just last season he showed he still has the ability to make a difference at a high level, scoring against Arsenal for Monaco to knock the Gunners out of the Champions League.
The Sun reported: "Chief executive Ed Woodward was approached about Berba, 34, coming back just before the transfer deadline."
United evidently snubbed the chance to bring back their former number nine, who has gone onto make two appearances for his new side, without scoring.
The Red Devils have more important business to tie up, with Anthony Martial more expensive priority - but the Frenchman already looks like money well spent, and fan should be glad the club did not take the bargain option put in front of them instead.