Dalian Professional striker, Salomon Rondon, has claimed he was close to joining Manchester United last month.
United were in the market for a frontman, after Marcus Rashford was ruled out for four months with a back problem.
Red Devils boss, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, also tried to bring in Josh King from Bournemouth, but eventually decided on Odion Ighalo.
Rondon says he waited for a phone call from his agent for an update on negotiations, before finding out about the Ighalo deal.
“They started to talk to my agent and I was just waiting by my phone for a decision, maybe for the lawyers, but then I saw Ighalo had signed.
“It didn’t get to the stage where an offer was made or anything like that, but I think it was really close.
“It’s decisions again and they obviously decided Ighalo was the best decision for them. I’ve played against him and I’m pleased for him,” the 30-year-old told The Athletic.
Rondon previously played in England with Newcastle, where he scored 11 goals in 32 Premier League appearances.