Sunderland deny Liverpool contact for striker

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Fed-up Sunderland boss Steve Bruce is adamant he has not received an enquiry for any member of his squad as the transfer rumour mill moves into top gear.

The 49-year-old has spent the last few days having to fend off rumours of interest in several of his biggest names, with striker Kenwyne Jones in particular the subject of a series of claims.

Bruce was furious at reports the Black Cats and Liverpool had discussed a loan deal which would take the 25-year-old Trinidad and Tobago international to Anfield, while he has also seen midfielder Kieran Richardson linked with a move away from the Stadium of Light.

Bruce told the Sunderland Echo: "I have not had any manager enquire about any of my players. No manager - and that's usually the first port of call - has been in touch, I'm pleased to say - and as for this story about Kenwyne leaving on loan, come on!

"What would be the point of letting Kenwyne go out on loan somewhere? No chance."

He added: "People must question my sanity and judgement if they think I would allow that, and it's not happening. It's ridiculous."

However, Bruce stopped short of saying Jones is not for sale, knowing every player has his price, and there is a feeling on Wearside a major offer for a player who cost the club £6million when he arrived from Southampton in August 2007 may be given serious consideration.

Bruce added: "Something - a bid - that is going to blow us away, that is different. We all know that every player has his price.

"I have had experience of it when I was at Wigan and Spurs were interested in Wilson Palacios. Once they start talking £12-14million, it makes sense to do it."

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