Stoke boss Tony Pulis has slammed suggestions a failed medical scuppered a deadline-day switch for Abdoulaye Faye.
The Senegal defender was set to join Celtic on Monday but the deal fell through.
Some have claimed it was down to Faye's fitness but Pulis insists it was because he felt the Potters needed to keep cover in defence.
"For people to put it about that Abdy had failed a medical is wrong and an insult," he told the Sentinel. "It's totally out of order, because it never happened.
"Clubs were willing to take him on loan until the end of the season, but weren't willing to offer him anything longer at this stage.
"We also had to take into account our cover at centre-half at the moment. Those are the real reasons he didn't leave."
Regular centre-back Ryan Shawcross is currently suspended while Danny Higginbotham is set to be out for a fortnight with a hamstring injury.
Pulis has also dismissed reports he tried to sign Birmingham striker Cameron Jerome with an offer of £1m plus Ricardo Fuller and a separate bid of £4.5m.