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Turkish side Galatsaray have claimed that Manchester United made ‘an indirect offer’ to 29-year-old playmaker Wesley Sneijder.

United previously came close to signing the Dutch midfielder from Inter Milan in the summer of 2011 in a £35million deal but pulled out of the deal due to Sneijder’s £200,000-a-week wage demands.

However, it now seems that United revived their interest under new manager David Moyes, with Galatasaray suggesting the Old Trafford side turned to Sneijder after failed attempts to land Cesc Fabregas and Thiago Alcanatara earlier this summer.

Sporting co-ordinator Bulunt Tulun told Turkish newspaper Milliyet: ‘Sneijder received an indirect offer from Manchester United two weeks ago but it was not accepted. There are several clubs that want him but just like we can’t let go of Burak [Yilmaz] we also have to keep hold of Sneijder.’

It proved to be an embarrassing end to the transfer window for United, as their scattergun approach was exposed on deadline day.

Roma confirmed that United had had an opening offer of £12million rejected but Daniele De Rossi, while chief executive Ed Woodward reportedly pulled the plug on a proposed £30.5million move for Athletic Bilbao midfielder Ander Herrera.

United also failed in an attempt to bring German international Sami Khedira to Old Trafford from Real Madrid, with the midfielder confirming a last-gasp offer from David Moyes.

‘The club turned down the offer and that was it,’ Khedira told a press conference in Munich for the German national team.

‘We didn’t really have the chance to discuss it. I had a longer chat with Carlo Ancelotti a few weeks ago and it was relatively clear to me that I’d stay at Real.

‘We (players) don’t have any influence in the high transfer fees. Real refused the offer of Manchester United and I’m happy with that.’

United did succeed in capturing Everton’s Marouane Fellaini in a £27.5million transfer, reuniting the Belgian with former Toffees boss David Moyes at Old Trafford.

Source: Daily Mail

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