Tottenham Hotspur have moved back to Morgan Schneiderlin after Manchester United completed the signing of Bastian Schweinsteiger, according to the Daily Mail.
The Red Devils were favourites to sign the midfielder after Arsenal pulled out of the race, but with Schweinsteiger in the squad, have de-prioritised their investment in the midfield region. The German will play the holding role alongside Michael Carrick, with the likes of Marouane Fellaini and Ander Herrera playing the more forward role.
United have already had a bid rejected for the player, according to the Mirror, but are looking unlikely to go ahead with a new offer, with Van Gaal now looking at strengthening his defence ahead of the start of the Premier League campaign on 7 August.
Tottenham, who were interested in the player before Arsenal and United made a move, have rekindled their interest with no other club in the Champions League looking to make an offer.
The player had previously stressed that he would only move to a club in Europe, but his good relations with Mauricio Pochettino may turn the tide this time and force him to reconsider his future.
"I think my decision is made. I learned a lot last season. The goal is to stay in England. It is a championship that I like and where I have a lot of fun," Schneiderlin told French station RMC.
"If I leave Southampton, it is for a club that plays better than the Europa League. There are ongoing discussions, but nothing is done. But, of course, the Champions League is my goal," he added.
Arsene Wenger is currently happy with Francis Coquelin to marshal his midfield and is not willing to shell out the money as being valued by Southampton.
The Saints value Schneiderlin at around the £25m ($39m) mark with neither United nor Arsenal willing to meet that figure.