Manchester United look set to miss out on the capture of Fabio Quagliarella after Udinese won the rights to sign the Italy striker for next season.
Quagliarella is jointly owned by Sampdoria and Udinese and the latter have outbid their Serie A rivals in a tender to gain the rights to the Italy international.
Neither club could agree where Quagliarella should play next season, so in accordance with Italian league rules a tender was held to decide his destination.
The 24-year-old spent last season at Sampdoria and saw his stock rise after netting 13 times in Italy's top-flight.
"For now I'm an Udinese player. The club has invested a lot in me, I doubt they'll let me go," he admitted.
Quagliarella recently broke into the Italy senior squad and scored both goals in the 2-0 Euro 2008 qualifying win in Lithuania on his first start for the Azzurri.