Roy Keane is set to shelve his plans to bring Jonny Evans back to Sunderland.
The Black Cats boss had made the Manchester United defender one of his top summer targets, but has been forced to accept defeat in his pursuit of the 20-year-old.
The Northern Ireland international had impressed Keane during a spell spent on loan at the Stadium of Light last season.
However, even a proposed £10million approach has not been enough to tempt Sir Alex Ferguson into parting with the youngster on a permanent basis.
Evans has stepped into the first team fold at Old Trafford following the sale of Gerard Pique to Barcelona and, as such, Ferguson is reluctant to see another defender leave the club.
"My mindset was always that Jonny was going to go back to United," said Keane.
"When United sold Pique we were pretty sure they would hold on to Jonny."