Sunderland insist they have no interest in signing Chris Eagles after the Burnley midfielder rejected a move to Rangers.
The Clarets agreed a fee with Rangers earlier in the week, only for the 24-year-old to decide a move to Ibrox was not 'in his best interests'.
The Black Cats have subsequently been linked with a bid for Eagles, who has only 12 months remaining on his contract at Turf Moor.
However, Sunderland's assistant manager Eric Black has ruled out a swoop, telling the Lancashire Telegraph: "We have no interest in him."
Eagles is now due to take part in Burnley's pre-season trip to Singapore, but manager Brian Laws is aware the former Manchester United youngster may still leave the club.
Laws said: "We know his contract is running out and we have to do something about it. There is a market value for a player and I know Chris wants to play at the highest level.
"All those issues were taken into account when we allowed him to talk to Rangers. However, he has turned them down and that is great news for us.
"It gives me another opportunity to talk to him. However, everything will be in his hands and we have to abide by how he feels."