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Roy Keane has dismissed reports that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is set to join him at Sunderland in January, insisting he will only comment on done-deals.

The former Manchester United captain has steadied the ship for The Black Cats after a disastrous start to the campaign prior to his arrival.

With the club comfortably mid-table in the Championship, the Sunderland board have made it clear they want to invest in the winter transfer window as they push towards promotion.

Speculation surrounding Keane's North West connections have been rife as a result, although the man himself has ruled out a move for Norwegian international Solskjaer, 33, at this stage.

"Ole is a good friend of mine who I talk to from time to time, but we have not discussed a move," Keane told the Sunderland Echo.

Giuseppe Rossi is another United frontman linked to The Stadium of Light, but it seems Keane is looking to North London to breathe new life into his squad.

The Sunderland boss has confirmed Arsenal ace Anthony Stokes is a target, but insists negotiations are still at an early stage, with the player on loan at Falkirk.

"As far as Stokes goes, there has been no contact made by us with Arsenal at this time," Keane added.

"I do not really want to get into talking about every rumour that goes around. 

"If I am interested in a player, the club will go through the right channels.

"I will ring up the manager of the club concerned and speak directly to him. I think that is the right way to do it. 

"I am looking for players to bring in next month, but I do not want to talk about them until the deals are done."

Next up for Sunderland though is a trip to Burnley away on Saturday, as Keane's side look for their fourth straight win in the league.