Early Friday morning reports began to circulate that Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson was planning to make a bid for veteran Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard.
According to The Daily Mail, Man United was eyeing Lampard to fill the void in its midfield. Sir Alex Ferguson has always been fond of Lampard, which was proven by his consideration in making a bid for the midfielder when he left West Ham for Chelsea in 2001.
However, Ferguson addressed the rumours on Friday afternoon, expressing that the move had no real basis.
It has been reported that Lampard wouldn't be unwilling to make the move to Old Trafford; however, Sir Alex Ferguson doesn't believe that Chelsea would be willing to relinquish the 33-year-old.
"You are not going to tell me Chelsea would sell Frank Lampard to Manchester United in January," Ferguson said to the press on Friday. "Do you really believe that? Chelsea are like us. They want to do something."
"The second half of the season is going to be important to them," Ferguson elaborated on Chelsea's probability of selling Lampard. "If they want to try and win the league they will need to have all their best players."
Not only do Chelsea need Lampard for their squad, but it would take plenty to convince The Blues to sell a veteran leader to an interleague rival like Man U.
Although he maintains that the Blues are unlikely to make Lampard available, Ferguson expressed his opinions on signing another player amid current squad injuries.
Which team will Frank Lampard play on next season?
"The thing is, what can you get in January? I have said this all the time. The players who are available that we would like, we won't get," Ferguson admitted.
"What do you do? Do you take a second-rate player? No, of course you don't. The injury situation has accelerated a lot of our fans into saying we will have to get someone."
"I would rather stick with the ones I have got than bring someone in who ends up not having a game anyway because they are not good enough," Sir Alex added.
Regardless of Ferguson's immediate ability to sign Lampard, he still expresses future interest in signing the consistent midfielder as a booster to the club.
Lampard has expressed an unhealthy relationship with Stamford Bridge boss Andre Villas-Boas, and currently has 18 months left on his contract.
Speculation has arose that Lampard may look to move away from Chelsea this summer and remain in the Premier League.