Newcastle manager Steve McClaren has told The Chronicle that he is not pursuing a deal for Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu.
According to a recent print edition of French newspaper France Football, as reported by Foot Mercato, Newcastle were battling Aston Villa for the signature of Paris Saint-Germain outcast Sirigu.
The 28-year-old Italian international has been a regular for PSG since signing from Palermo in 2011, but has been pushed down to second choice by the summer signing of German star Kevin Trapp.
With aspirations of being in Italy's Euro 2016 squad, Sirigu needs to be playing on a regular basis - and a January exit could be on the cards.
Given Newcastle's recent goalkeeping crisis, it's no surprise that Sirigu has been linked with a move to St. James' Park. With Tim Krul out for the season and Karl Darlow also struggling with an injury, manager McClaren has been handed a number of blow between the sticks.
Ahead of this weekend's game against Tottenham Hotspur, McCLaren was asked about the rumoured interest in signing PSG's Sirigu - and gave the simple response of 'No', as reported by The Chronicle earlier today.
It remains to be seen whether Newcastle push to sign any other goalkeepers in January, given that Rob Elliot has done a fine job deputising in goal in recent weeks.