Everton boss Roberto Martinez insists he has not made a bid for Wigan midfielder James McCarthy despite his admiration for the Irishman.
McCarthy has been linked with a move to Everton ever since Martinez left the DW Stadium to become David Moyes' replacement.
Martinez signed McCarthy during his time at Wigan and remains a big fan.
But he told the Everton website: "There has been no bid made.
"I think it's quite easy to understand that James is a player I signed at a young age and I've got huge admiration for him, so it doesn't take anyone (much) to create a little bit of a story. But there has been no bid."
The Spaniard also confirmed there has been no follow-up offer from Manchester United for Leighton Baines and Marouane Fellaini.
A joint £28million bid was rejected as "insulting" by Everton last week, and Martinez said: "No, there's been no other news.
"I know there's going to be talk about the transfer window but that's not what we're focusing on now."