Sunderland boss Steve Bruce has distanced himself from reports suggesting he will make a move for Wigan’s Charles N’Zogbia before the transfer window closes.
N’Zogbia, 24, has been linked with a move away from the DW Stadium throughout the summer.
The new France cap remains at Wigan player and featured in Saturday’s 6-0 drubbing at the hands of Chelsea.
But despite fresh reports of interest from the Black Cats, Bruce has denied making an offer for the former Newcastle United youngster.
“I like Charles, but I think it would be unwise of me to get involved with that one,” he said.
“We haven’t had any contact or made contact with Wigan as such. It’s certainly media fiction in a lot of respects.”
Bruce is believed to have £8million to spend on new players following his departure of striker Kenwyne Jones to Stoke City earlier in the month.