Manchester United have had a bid snubbed for Inter Milan midfielder Matias Vecino, according to the latest reports in Italy.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been desperate to strengthen his midfield options this January and Vecino had been pinpointed as a possible short-term solution in the middle of the park, with Paul Pogba (ankle) and Scott McTominay (knee) both out injured.

Bruno Fernandes remains the club’s ideal long-term replacement for Pogba and Vecino – who plays in a deeper position – would have provided support for the likes of Nemanja Matic, McTominay and Fred.

However, according to Sky Sport Italia, United’s opening loan bid for Vecino was swiftly turned down by Inter.

The Red Devils were confident over a deal after doing business with the Serie A giants for Ashley Young this winter. Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku also completed moves to Inter last summer.

The report states Inter are now considering a swap deal with Genaro Gattuso’s Napoli which could see Allan head to the San Siro in exchange for Matias.

Vecino has scored ten goals in 88 matches for Inter since €24million (£20.2m) move from Fiorentina back in the summer of 2017. The 28-year-old has been capped 41 times by his country’s national team.

United suffered one of their most miserable defeats of the campaign at home to Burnley last night and Ole promised fans that the club would be working on signings right up until the transfer deadline.

‘We are looking to improve, we have got our targets,’ the Norwegian manager told BT Sport following his side’s 2-0 loss at Old Trafford.