Manchester United reportedly tried to sign Brighton striker Glenn Murray before landing former Nigeria international Odion Ighalo on loan.
Naijaparry understands that Murray, 36, has scored 111 goals in 278 games across two spells for Brighton.
And the Mail claim Murray was a target for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side, who lost Marcus Rashford to a back injury last month, before signing Ighalo from Shanghai Shenhua.
Murray’s Brighton future has been in doubt since the £20million arrival of Neal Maupay from Brentford last summer.
He was believed to be attracting interest from Newcastle, Celtic and Aston Villa in the January transfer window.
Murray, on Monday, signed a one-year contract extension, which runs until the end of next season.
“Everyone knows what Glenn brings to the club, and he’s an important member of the squad – on and off the pitch – and he showed that in abundance on Saturday at West Ham,” Brighton boss Graham Potter said.
“I’ve always said he’s got a big part to play here.
“He’s happy and settled, he loves this club, and he’s been the ultimate professional on and off the pitch.”
Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has insisted he will not bring in as much as six new players this summer.
Solskjaer’s side are in a real battle to finish in the top four this season, following a 4-0 hammering at Everton on Sunday.
But the Norwegian has told fans not to expect major changes in the transfer window.
“There will be new players coming in over summer but I don’t think you can expect six.
“I don’t think any manager you ask would be in favour of that amount of change anyway. We want to rebuild but it is going to have to be gradual, over a few windows.
“We plan to be in the top four, we plan to be in the Champions League next season and we want players who can keep us in the Champions League and move us up the table. But we know there is not going to be a quick fix. We have to take it step by step,” Solskjaer told Sky Sports.
Manchester United have announced the appointment of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as caretaker manager.
The Norwegian leaves Molde to take charge to the end of the season after yesterday’s dismissal of Jose Mourinho.
Solskjaer will take charge of the first team with immediate effect and will remain in place while the club conducts a thorough recruitment process for a new full-time manager. He will be joined by Mike Phelan as first-team coach, working alongside Michael Carrick and Kieran McKenna.
“ Manchester United is in my heart and it’s brilliant to be coming back in this role. I’m really looking forward to working with the very talented squad we have, the staff and everyone at the club,” said Solskjaer.
Ed Woodward, the Executive Vice Chairman, commented: “Ole is a club legend with huge experience, both on the pitch and in coaching roles.
“His history at Manchester United means he lives and breathes the culture here and everyone at the club is delighted to have him and Mike Phelan back. We are confident they will unite the players and the fans as we head into the second half of the season.”