Cologne have dismissed reports that a deal has been agreed to sign Bayern Munich defender Daniel van Buyten at the end of the season.
Van Buyten is out of contract at the Allianz Arena in the summer and the 36-year-old has only been a bit-part figure under Pep Guardiola this season.
The Belgium international confirmed earlier this year that he has no plans to retire and he has been linked with a move to Cologne.
Reports have claimed that Van Buyten is ready to sign a 12-month deal with Cologne once the club have secured promotion back to the Bundesliga.
However, Cologne's general manager told EXPRESS: "We are not used to discussing transfer rumours in public.
"Still, I am able to confirm there is no agreement between Cologne and Daniel van Buyten."
Cologne coach Peter Stoger added: "I am very much surprised by this rumour."
Van Buyten's agent Christophe Henrotay is also unaware of the speculation concerning the centre-half, who joined Bayern in 2006 from Hamburg.
Henrotay told Abendzeitung newspaper: "To me, this seems like a late April Fool's hoax. I don't know anything about this."