Manchester United boss David Moyes has hinted he is interested in signing Gareth Bale, but admits he is yet to make an offer for the Tottenham star.
Bale is believed to be on the verge of completing a world record move to Real Madrid, however reports emerged over the weekend that Spurs were considering a bid from an unknown club having grown frustrated with the Spanish side's behaviour during the transfer saga.
Proceedings threatened to take a turn for the worse this morning as Bale failed to report for training having returned from a break in Spain over the weekend.
Speaking after Manchester United's 0-0 stalemate with Chelsea at Old Trafford last night Moyes insisted he is always interested in the best players regardless of their price tag.
When asked about Bale, the Scot said: "I said at the start that Manchester United will always be interested in the best players and we'll always be looking to try and improve the team.
"The owners have given me every opportunity to get who I want so we'll continue to look for those players. It's been tough in this window but we're always looking at the best players."
However when asked if Manchester United were the unknown club who have reportedly lodged a bid for Bale, he responded: "No".
Moyes has one eye on the transfer window with one week remaining until it slams shut, but says he is happy with his squad as it is.
"I thought we played well and I'm disappointed we didn't get a goal. Maybe we lacked a bit of cutting edge with our final pass and final cross.
"I thought Chelsea defended well when they had to. If anybody shaded the best chances, it was certainly us. We went with three centre forwards on the pitch and we wanted to try and win the game.
"We did everything we could and just lacked a ball to get Robin van Persie or Wayne Rooney the chance to score. You can play football in many ways. There's nobody who says it has to be done one way. We went out there and tried to win but just couldn't find that final pass.
"It could do with getting cleared up with what is and what isn't a handball because the managers aren't really sure. It was a big call in a big game like this."