Lou Macari insists that there is no way Gareth Bale will go to Manchester United, hinting that the newspapers have misreported the facts as the winger continues to be linked with a move away from Tottenham.
Spurs were believed to have decided against confirming a deal with Real Madrid for Bale as they considered bids from other clubs, and since the revelation United have been strongly linked with a move.
The offer from David Moyes was reportedly believed to be around £125m, but Macari, who played for United through the 1970s and 80s, believes that the reports are simply newspaper fodder.
"It's not going to happen," he told Talksport. "I wish newspapers would stop this. You don't jump in at the last minute with a £125million bid. If you have any interest in a player who is valued at that, everyone knows about it.
"It has never been in the newspapers that Manchester United have been in for Gareth Bale. When you are talking about £125million, there is a lot of work to be done.
"Talk of Man United jumping in at the last minute with a £125million offer is crazy."
A deal for so much money would certainly appear completely out of character for a club who have not made a purchase coming even close to half that figure in the 26 years that Sir Alex Ferguson was at the helm.
Many pundits have argued that the side need to make some signings this summer to continue to remain competitive with the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City, and despite United's good start to the season Moyes will be well aware of the perils that come with standing still in the transfer window.
All of their pursuits so far have been unsuccessful and with just a week to go before deadline day rolls around Moyes might in fact be going into last-minute mode with his bidding to find a signing who will vastly improve the current title holders for the season ahead.