Clothing manufacturer William Baird has today confirmed that it is in talks with a potential takeover bidder. But Marchpole has issued a statement denying its involvement in a possible deal. Speculation arose over the weekend that Marchpole, the licence holder for Yves Saint-Laurent clothes in the UK, was about to take over William Baird in a deal valued at £70m. Shares in William Baird closed at 60.5 pence on Friday, valuing the company at £71m.