MANCHESTER UNITED have told Bolton they do not want to sign Nicolas Anelka.
Sir Alex Ferguson was considering a bid for the French striker to boost his squad ahead of United's defence of the Premiership title.
But Bolton chairman Phil Gartside has received reassurance from Red Devils chief executive David Gill that they are not chasing Anelka.
He said: "David Gill has confirmed to me that Manchester United have no interest in Nicolas.
"Sammy Lee is looking to build a squad for next season and we absolutely have no interest in selling any of our better players. Nicolas, of course, is one such player."
Anelka admitted at the weekend that he would jump at the chance to join United.
He said: "There has been no contact with any other club for my signature, none at all.
"But if there was, I couldn't say no to a club like United.
"I have to find out what Bolton want to do first. I don't want to leave and it's their decision."
United have already spent £50million this summer on Owen Hargreaves, Nani and Anderson.