Zlatko Junuzovic has moved to pour cold water on reports linking him with a summer move to Aston Villa, despite turning down a new contract at current club Werder Bremen.
The 26-year-old, who can operate as either a winger or second striker, is thought to be keen on a move away from the Bundesliga side, following two largely successful seasons with the German club.
Heading into the final year of his contract with Bremen, Villa had previously emerged in the media as contenders to land the Austrian, who has made 32 appearances for the national team scoring four goals along the way.
Villans boss Paul Lambert is keen to add bodies to the Clarets squad as he looks to improve on last season’s lowly Premier League finish.
Joe Cole has already been recruited to add some quality to the midfield, but it was thought that Junuzovic was also on the Scot’s radar, as he looks to provide competition for the likes of Charles N’Zogbia, who has struggled for form since moving to the club from Wigan Athletic.
But any move for the Bremen winger looks increasingly unlikely, with Junuzovic seemingly dismissing the link in an interview with German news provider Bild.
"I do not know anything (about Aston Villa)," he said.
"No one has yet come up to me with anything like that."
Junuzovic has scored five goals in 63 Bundesliga appearances since moving to the German club from Austria Vienna, but has also endured his fair share of injuries over the past 12 months.
This news comes as Villa continue to be linked to Bolton midfielder Jay Spearing, who could be available for as little as £2 million this summer.