Former Newcastle Manager, Chris Hughton, has denied Newcastle have made a bid for star player Lewis Dunk.

The Brighton boss says he is unaware of any offer from United for the centre-back, in an interview with BBC Sussex.

This follows various media claiming that Newcastle are trying to make Dunk their fifth signing of the summer.

Reports earlier today also added another element to the transfer story, with United supposedly offering Mike Williamson as part of a cash plus player deal for the Brighton defender.

The 23 year old was previously the subject of a £4m bid from another Championship club, but Fulham’s offer was instantly rejected.

Hughton says that his only concern is keeping hold of his star players and has dismissed the speculation.

“It (a Newcastle offer for Dunk) is speculation as far as I know, he’s a good player and sometimes that will happen.

“It is not the first time and it won’t be the last.”

Keeping your best players:

“What we want to be doing with our best players is keeping them, do whatever we can to put ourselves in the best position to do well this season.

“Ultimately, with any of our players, it doesn’t matter where the speculation comes from – we just have to look after our best interests first.”