Manchester United have reportedly sent their chief scout to run the rule over Radamel Falcao, despite the protestations of Sir Alex Ferguson that the Premier League leaders are not after the Atletico Madrid.
According to The Times, the club's top talent spotter Jim Lawlor was present at the Vicente Calderon on Sunday evening tasked with watching Falcao, and he witnessed the Colombian score a brace as Atletico thumped Granada 5-0 in La Liga.
Falcao is reported to have a release clause of £48 million written into his contract with Atletico, and it has been claimed that Manchester United would consider using Javier Hernandez as a makeweight in a proposed deal for the 26-year-old.
Ferguson, however, has laughed off claims that Falcao and Hernandez could swap places in the summer transfer window.
"Do you honestly believe that? You amaze me you people," the Manchester United manager said, as reported by The Sun.
Despite this, however, it is reported that Manchester United maintain a genuine interest in Falcao, while Robert Lewandowski remains on the radar of the Old Trafford club.
The potential arrival of a marquee centre-forward in the summer transfer window raises doubts about the future of Hernandez as a Manchester United player, although the 24-year-old Mexican has expressed his desire to stay with the club.
"I am happy to be at this club," he explained.
"Of course I would love to start more often but I will keep the same attitude.
"When the gaffer wants me on the bench or the starting line-up I will do my best. My attitude is going to be very good because I want to respect the club, my team-mates and the coach."