Manchester United and Tottenham explored the prospect of a sensational winger swap deal earlier this week.

The Daily Mail says it is understood there were two days of talks this week before negotiations broke down about a swap deal between Spurs and Manchester United involving Nani and Townsend.

Spurs have been linked with a loan move for Nani in the past 48 hours, while United were said to be eyeing Townsend in this morning's press.

The England international is a favourite of United manager David Moyes.