WANDERERS have sought to end rumours about potential player sales in January.

The club issued a statement to The Bolton News after both Gary Madine and Josh Vela were linked in the national press with moves elsewhere.

Phil Parkinson met with his chief scout Tim Breacker yesterday to draw up a shortlist of players to target in next month’s transfer window.

Whites chairman Ken Anderson has stated “three or four” new players could be added to the squad but suggestion some first team members could also be up for grabs to ease cash-flow was batted away yesterday at the Macron.

“We have had no interest in any of our players and if we did it would not be entertained,” said a club spokesperson.

“The manager and the chief scout are meeting today to discuss their plans for next month. We are only interested in bringing players in.

Midfielder Vela had been linked with Derby County, Brighton, Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds United, while Madine was said to be attracting attention from Sunderland.

Parkinson is yet to make a decision on which loan players he will look to keep into the second half of the season, although it is known an agreement is in place to extend the deal of full-back Antonee Robinson.

“We really can’t afford to weaken this squad at this stage and in January we have to make sure that, of all the teams in that bottom group, we come out of January in better shape than when we started it,” he told us. “Obviously January depends on the loan players and that will kind of work its way out but I don’t want the supporters to think that once January 1 comes there will be an influx of players walking in the door, I want to make sure we keep the ones we’ve got, we keep the strength, because January is a difficult transfer window because teams don’t let players go easily.

“Clubs keep the players who are available for loan around them to get them through that FA Cup period .

“We’re prepared to be patient.”