"We've had a good talk with Harry and we can't change things this close to the end of the transfer window", he said. However, today is the deadline day and United are keen to sign a stellar defender on the deadline day to boost their squad.
And the Red Devils could still land No.1 target Alderweireld.
Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino addressed the media today, ahead of his side's clash with Newcastle United on Saturday, and remained tight-lipped when asked about Aston Villa star Jack Grealish, as quoted by Sky Sports.
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That view may mean that Mourinho is left with a player he does not want in his squad after Thursday's deadline, while also denying him the experienced central defender that has been his top priority throughout this summer window.
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Instead, they're poised to make a final offer of around £40m for the 29-year-old. It appears that the deal is conditional on Tottenham strengthening their own defence, hence the delay in an official announcement, though the Express report that Woodward has already told Mourinho that he has reached agreement to bring Alderweireld to Old Trafford.
Recently, Bayern Munich's Jerome Boateng turned down United's offer and Leicester City defender Harry Maguire's price tag is £75 million and the Red Devils are not likely to pay such a massive amount.
But Pochettino is pleased to have retained the services of a group who have finished third, second and third, over the last three Premier League seasons.
The club are now set to move into their new stadium without any summer additions.
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