MARTIN O’Neill says has no immediate plans to dip into the transfer market, despite being linked with several players this week.
The Sunderland manager confirmed to the Echo: “I haven’t looked at anyone yet, so there can be absolutely nothing in any stories that might be out there.”
There was speculation on Sunday that the Northern Irishman would return to previous club Aston Villa with an interest in striker Nathan Delfouneso.
That speculation prompted a response from the West Midlands club’s assistant manager Peter Grant who pointed out there’d been no contact with Sunderland, saying: “We’re not looking for enquiries in any shape or form either”.
There were other links too – though Blackpool manager Ian Holloway was dismissive of suggestions that David Vaughan might be set to return to Blackpool on loan.
O’Neill added: “Why would anyone think I would send out on loan a player who started my first game at the weekend, played really well and scored an amazing goal to get us back into the game?
“That doesn’t make sense to me.”
Sunderland have also been linked to interests in Glasgow Rangers forward Nikica Jelavic and Spanish club Hercules’ striker Urko Vera.
But O’Neill said: “It is to be expected you get this. At the moment though, I haven’t looked at anyone.”