Wales coach John Toshack has revealed Tottenham rejected a big money bid for Gareth Bale over the summer.
The former Southampton prodigy signed a four-year contract at White Hart Lane in May but that has not stopped other clubs casting envious eyes over the dynamic left-sided defender or winger.
Toshack, who is with Bale preparing for a Euro 2012 qualifier in Montenegro on Friday, would not confirm which club had made an approach when he spoke glowingly of the player at a press conference on Thursday.
But given his extensive knowledge of European football as a former Real Madrid manager and seven other clubs on the continent, it is assumed to have come from overseas.
Toshack said: "It was a big-money bid - it's big money to me anyway. You'll have to ask Tottenham, they know about it.
"Gareth is aware people are looking at him and people are interested."
When pressed on the identity of the club, Toshack said: "I wouldn't do that out of confidence for the people who have informed me."