Brighton and Hove Albion have put a £5million price tag on defender Lewis Dunk.
Newcastle United were today linked with a player-exchange deal for 23-year-old Dunk – with Mike Williamson going the other way.
Out-of-favour Williamson, 31, signed during Brighton manager Chris Hughton’s time at St James’s Park, is among the Championship club’s defensive targets
However, up to now there has been no bid for Dunk, who has long been tracked by Newcastle.
Asked about speculation over Dunk’s future, Hughton said: “As far as I know, it’s speculation.
“He’s a good player, and sometimes that will happen. It’s certainly not the first time, and it won’t be the last time there is speculation about a player.
“He’s a Brighton player, he’s trained well and that’s always the best way to approach it.
“Ultimately, what we want to be doing with any of our best players is keeping them and doing what ever we can to make sure we put ourselves in the best position to do well this season.
“With any of our players it doesn’t matter where speculation comes from, or an approach comes from, we have to look after our best interests first.”