Middlesbrough chief executive Keith Lamb has reiterated that the club have received no offers for Stewart Downing.
It had been reported that Tottenham had rekindled their interest in the Middelsbrough winger, with Everton and Portsmouth also believed to be keen on the England international.
Downing though is the club's top-scorer and most creative player and Lamb is understandably unhappy at the renewed speculation.
"We have had absolutely no contact from Tottenham or any other club about Stewart," he explained to the Evening Gazette.
With no sales needed to fund the purchase of a proven goalscorer Boro are keen to combine Dowing with whoever they manage to bring in.
Heerenveen's Brazilian striker Afonso Alves is believed to be close to agreeing a deal, but Lamb has again been upset by talk linking the side with a swap deal which would see Jermain Defoe move to Teesside at the expense of Jonathan Woodgate.
"I don't usually comment on stories like this, but I have had no contact with Tottenham about Jermain Defoe, or Stewart Downing, or Jonathan Woodgate," he said.