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The midfielder and striker have been linked with a move to the Britannia Stadium in January, but the Sunderland manager insists no bids have been forthcoming

Sunderland head coach Gus Poyet has criticised Stoke City following reports of interest in Steven Fletcher and Lee Cattermole.

Cattermole is rumoured to have been a target for Stoke boss Mark Hughes throughout January, although the midfielder appeared to quell that speculation last week after Sunderland reached the Capital One Cup final.

Reports have also suggested that striker Fletcher could be on Hughes' radar, but Poyet has moved to insist that Sunderland have yet to receive any interest in the duo.

"I'm pleased in the local newspaper that we didn't throw about any interest about any Stoke players," he told reporters. "That's what they have done for the last week.

"Not one Stoke director has made any formal approach or offer. For them to be linked with two important players for us, is disappointing."

Poyet also spoke about incomings to the Stadium of Light as he is hopeful of securing a deal for Internacional striker Ignacio Scocco, adding: "It's not yet done, but we are very, very close."

Sunderland host Stoke in the Premier League on Wednesday and Poyet deploy forward Connor Wickham following his recall from a loan stint at Sheffield Wednesday, where he scored eight goals in 12 Championship appearances.

But the Uruguayan admits he does yet know what the future holds for the England Under-21 international.

"We are analysing the situation carefully, and we will see what happens next," he continued. "It is impossible to say [what the future holds].

"He is player we can use, and he is a player who has been playing well and scoring goals. It will depend on the situation with the squad, including on what happens with Scocco."