Stoke boss Mark Hughes has told Burnley to forget about making a move for Charlie Adam as the midfielder is not for sale.
The Clarets are keen to add some experience to their midfield after Joey Barton opted to turn down the offer of a new deal and headed to Glasgow Rangers.
Adam is the player that Burnley boss Sean Dyche wants to replace him but there is little chance of a deal going through as Stoke have no intention of cashing in.
It was thought that Adam could be open to a move as it would mean regular first-team football at Turf Moor, but Hughes says the Scotland international remains firmly in his plans.
“I think there was a little bit of interest in Charlie, but we haven’t encouraged that,” he told Stoke Sentinel. “Charlie is a part of what we are doing here moving forward, so that’s not a situation that will develop.”
Much could depend on who Stoke sign over the coming weeks but for now Burnley will have to look elsewhere in their search for a new midfielder.