McCarthy denies Roberts link

Rovers striker linked with Molineux move

Roberts: Wolves link

Wolves manager Mick McCarthy has denied making an approach for Blackburn striker Jason Roberts.

McCarthy is reportedly in the hunt for a new striker, with current forward Sylvan Ebanks-Blake failing to make the grade in the Premier League so far this season.

The Wolves boss may be keeping an eye on the transfer market, but insists he will only bring in players that are committed to the cause.

McCarthy has already rebuffed claims that he is interested in signing Stoke striker James Beattie, and has now rejected speculation regarding Roberts.

He said: "There has been no bid, there has been no inquiry, there has been absolutely nothing regarding Jason Roberts.

"At the end of the day I want players to come here who are fully committed to keeping the club in this division."

Mis-firing

McCarthy has also defended his decision to axe last season's leading scorer Ebanks-Blake, after the striker has only netted one goal this season from the penalty spot.

He added: "Sylvan is a striker who has got his kudos in the game from scoring goals.

"He has played well in some games this season but it does come to the point where it is not getting easier to score and he has to come out of the side.

"You can show a player loyalty, support and encouragement and I have played him for around 18 of the last 20 games.

"But eventually you have to think about making a change and we've got people here like Chris Iwelumo and Stefan Maierhofer chomping at the bit to play."