Peter Coates, the Stoke City chairman, has responded to rumours linking his club with a swoop for Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge.
The Potters, along with Premier League rivals West Ham United, have reported interest in the England striker, who has struggled for opportunities under Jurgen Klopp.
However, Coates told BBC Radio Stoke that the rumours were inaccurate, despite admitting his admiration for the £28million-valued forward.
He stated: “No, it’s not (true). But that’s how the media works, there are always lots of headlines and pieces like that with players and other clubs and it goes on.
“He is a fine player, I like him very much, so who knows in football, it is an uncertain business where you get a lot of surprises.”
The Daily Mirror claimed recently that Sturridge had ‘come to accept’ a reduced role in Klopp’s attacking frontline, and the striker himself responded to criticisms surrounding his work-rate last week.
“I don’t worry about that [work-rate issues], it’s an unfair opinion,” the former Chelsea man stated. “I feel that I contribute to the team with assists and goals. It doesn’t really matter what people say to me.
“It’s about positional awareness at the end of the day. My job is to score and my job is to create for the team and coming into the midfield positions is maybe too deep.