Sunderland manager Roy Keane has dismissed reports that he was lining up a move for Inter midfielder Patrick Vieira in the January transfer window.
Reports over the weekend suggested that Keane could make a move to bring back the French international to England.
However, Keane says he was surprised by the rumours and admits any move to Wearside for Vieira would be unlikely.
“I haven’t got a clue where it has come from. It’s not fair on the club or Patrick Vieira,” said Keane.
He added: “He’s at a club, he is under contract and good luck to him. I am sure if you asked him, he has got no intentions of leaving Inter Milan or wherever he is at.
“If he was going to leave there, I am not sure Sunderland would be at the top of his list.”