David Moyes refused to deny reports that Manchester United had made a sensational £125million bid for Gareth Bale before the ex-Tottenham ace completed his world record move to Real Madrid.

The Spanish giants completed the protracted £86.3million transfer the day before the transfer window closed but reports have surfaced that Manchester United made a late effort to sign the PFA Player of the Year.

"I wouldn't confirm anything the window has now closed" the United boss said after seeing his side beat Crystal Palace 2-0 at Old Trafford.

"I have said many times we are always bidding for the best players."

French newspaper L'Equipe reported that Manchester United were the 'second party' that entered the race for the 24-year-old and tabled a £125million bid which was refused by Daniel Levy.