David Moyes has confirmed that Manchester United considered pursuing Daniele de Rossi in the summer with Chelsea also believed to be interested in the midfielder.
De Rossi was reportedly one of United's targets in Moyes' first transfer window in charge of the club and on the back of failing to land all but one player before deadline day, the manager has now admitted that the Italian was on his list of hopefuls.
Chelsea have long been connected with a move for the 30-year-old and Jose Mourinho has admitted he admires the star but the Blues will likely face competition from United if they try and make a move for de Rossi.
"We certainly did think about bringing him in during the summer time, but I don't think it went as far as a bid," Moyes told the Mirror.
Convincing de Rossi into making a move to England would have been difficult in the summer and the Roma youth player recently admitted that had he made a move to the likes of Manchester United he would be full of regret as his current side mount a serious challenge for the Scudetto this season.
De Rossi made the move to Roma from Ostia Mare as a youngster in 2000. He lasted one year in the youth set-up before moving up into the senior squad in 2001 and has since been an integral part of the side.
While the player appears settled and happy at Roma, the club have also made it clear they would turn down any offers for his signature. That hasn't stopped United before though, with the side relentlessly pursuing Cesc Fabregas despite Barcelona saying he wasn't for sale in the summer, but it would appear that Moyes' interest has cooled on De Rossi for now at least.