After reported interest from Aston Villa, Wolverhampton Wanderers have insisted that the club have received no offers for Danny Batth, adding that the 23-year-old is not for sale.
Villa were said to be considering a £5 million bid for the centre-back earlier this week, but head of football operations Kevin Thelwell has been forced to affirm that that their midlands neighbours would be wasting their time.
‘I saw the story but we’ve had no approach from Villa,’ he told the Express and Star.
‘We want him to help us get into the Premier League, rather than him helping someone else in there.
‘We’ve had no-one contacting us about Danny Batth, and neither would we welcome anyone contacting us about him because he epitomises everything we want about the football club going forwards.
‘I think he can achieve anything he wants to here, and he’s destined to be a big part of our history going forwards.’
Having come through the Wolves academy, Batth signed a new four-year deal with the team in January, establishing himself as an ever-present in the side which set a new club records points total in winning League One last season.
Nevertheless, with Villa preparing for the possible departure of captain Ron Vlaar, as well as being thin at the back as it is, the former Sheffield Wednesday loanee would certainly be a logical target for the Premier League side.
Paul Lambert has added Philippe Senderos to his squad this summer but the ex-Arsenal man has proved a polarising figure during his career in English football, while neither Nathan Baker nor Ciaran Clark have developed within the club’s setup to the level expected.
In addition, 2013 summer signing Jores Okore is still untested at the top level, after a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament wiped out his entire debut campaign, further emphasising the need for help at the back.
Given their current lack of funds, as want-away owner Randy Lerner continues to search for potential buyers, it remains to be seen whether Villa would be able to make an offer enticing enough to prompt Wolves to change their minds, but one would expect them to at least lodge an attempt before the start of he season, if the reported interest is indeed there.