Manchester United have suffered a blow in attempts to make Netherlands goalkeeper Kenneth Vermeer their latest summer signing after the 28-year-old swapped Ajax for Feyenoord on deadline day.
Though Radamel Falcao appears certain to move to Old Trafford on an initial loan from Monaco, the club had hoped to reinforce their goalkeeping options during the twilight of the transfer window.
However, Feyenoord have won the race to sign Vermeer ahead of United, who will instead settle for having Anders Lindegaard as backup to David de Gea for the remainder of the campaign.
"A number of clubs showed an interest in signing me, but Feyenoord were the most interesting option for me," Vermeer said upon the confirmation of his €750,000 (£593,000) move.
"Feyenoord are a big club with a loyal fanbase. And Feyenoord are very ambitious. I cannot wait to get started."
Vermeer was initially chosen in Louis van Gaal's Netherlands squad for the World Cup but missed out on being selected for the final 23 after being edged out by Jasper Cillessen, Michel Vorm and Tim Krul.
United will now turn their attention to sealing a deal for Falcao, who is expected to join on a season-long loan deal with a view to a permanent move to the 20-time English champions for a fee approaching £43.5m next summer.
The addition of the Colombian would be the sixth major signing made by United this summer, following the arrival of Luke Shaw, Ander Herrera, Marcos Rojo, Angel di Maria and Daley Blind.
Javier Hernandez has become the first high-profile exit on deadline day, after the Mexican secured a season-long loan move to Real Madrid, while the likes of Tom Cleverley and Danny Welbeck are also expected to depart.