Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has hit back at Ricky Sbragia by suggesting Sunderland have targeted Darren Bent.
Sbragia has made no secret of his disapproval of Spurs' pursuit of Black Cats star Kenwyne Jones during the January transfer window.
Tottenham also angered Middlesbrough earlier in 2009 when chasing England international Stewart Downing.
But Redknapp has responded to Sbragia's accusations by implying that Sunderland are showing an interest in Bent.
"Is someone upsetting Darren Bent? He came to see me and says, 'I hear Sunderland want me'," Redknapp said. "I said 'I don't know, I haven't spoken to anyone at Sunderland'.
"He said 'well my agent says they want me'. So someone is talking to someone. I could say the same thing, that Sunderland are upsetting Darren Bent."
Redknapp also rejected claims of turning Jones' head by highlighting how Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has been in continued dialogue with Sunderland counterpart Niall Quinn.
He said: "If you don't want to sell him you say, 'no, thank you very much'. That is the end of it.
"There must be a glimmer of hope with both parties or you don't talk to each other any more. Why are we talking? Don't talk if you don't want to sell.
"If you asked me if I wanted to sell my car and I said 'no', that is the end of it. You don't keep ringing me up."