Gould was responding to reports his own club, Canterbury, had met with representative prop Alex Twal this week.
Twal was seen meeting with Bulldogs coach Cameron Ciraldo, as first reported by Wide World of Sports on Tuesday.
The Lebanese star is contracted to the Tigers for next season but the club isn’t standing in his way if he can find a deal elsewhere.
“Our coach spoke to him this week,” Gould confirmed on Wide World of Sports’ Six Tackles with Gus podcast.
“There’s very, very little out there on the market, so I guess when a player like that comes on the market you’ve got to do your due diligence and have a chat, so the coach went and had a chat this week.
“In a world with mobile phones and cameras someone had to take a photo of it and send it to the media.”
But in confirming Ciraldo met with Twal, Gould revealed the Sea Eagles are suggesting a player swap with the Tigers.
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The Tigers have previously been involved in player swaps between clubs, most notably taking Harry Grant for the 2020 season which effectively launched his NRL career before he returned to the Storm.
“I think Manly and the Tigers are discussing perhaps a trade, or a swap, with Alex,” Gould said.
“We’ll know more next week what his intentions are, and we’ve got to decide whether that’s right for us as well.
“Alex has to decide whether that’s right for him.”
The Tigers collected the wooden spoon this season, while the Bulldogs and Sea Eagles also missed finals.