McCarthy 'agog' at Beattie link

Former England international linked with move to Molineux

Beattie: Wolves link

Wolves manager Mick McCarthy admits he is surprised by rumours linking him with a move for Stoke striker James Beattie.

The out-of-favour forward has only started 11 Premier League games this season, having been involved in a bust-up with Potters boss Tony Pulis earlier in the campaign.

But McCarthy denies that the two clubs have been in contact regarding the 31-year-old, and admits he is 'agog' at the transfer speculation hinting at a £3million move.

"There have been no discussions at all about James Beattie," he said.

"There have been no discussions with Beattie and none between Wolves and Stoke about him.

"Of course, when we read about the fall-out we all said 'I wonder what has happened there' but there have been no discussions and I didn't make an enquiry.

"I was amused the other day when I saw the story spreading.

"I was agog at it all. Maybe someone should have checked with me but the story just kept running."

Wolves have only scored 17 times in the Premier League so far this term - fewer than any other team in the top-flight.

Beattie, who moved to Stoke from Sheffield United 12 months ago, scored seven crucial goals to keep the Potters clear of the relegation zone last season.