Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed he has not abandoned hope of signing Owen Hargreaves from Bayern Munich.
Hargreaves is out of action with a broken foot
United targeted the 25-year-old England midfielder in the summer, but Bayern refused to sell.
"We are still interested in Hargreaves, but there's no update to give at the moment because we haven't spoken with Bayern again," said Ferguson.
Hargreaves is currently recovering from a broken foot.
However, the midfielder is still thought to be keen on a move to Old Trafford.
Bayern, who also saw Michael Ballack leave the club in the summer, became so exasperated at United's repeated attempts to sign Hargreaves that they threatened to ask Fifa to intervene and United were forced to admit defeat.
Ferguson did succeed in signing Michael Carrick but he insisted the former Spurs midfielder was not a replacement for Hargreaves.
"If we had got Owen Hargreaves it would have given us a complete variation of the type of midfield players you need in the modern game," he said.
"We focused on Michael Carrick and Owen right away (during the close season). We got one and didn't get the other."