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Jones set to stay with Sunderland
Published : 18 Jan 2010 09:53:00
Sunderland have dismissed claims that striker Kenwyne Jones is set to sign for Liverpool on loan.
It was reported that the 25-year-old Trinidad and Tobago international was due at Anfield for a medical as under-fire Reds boss Rafael Benitez seeks a temporary replacement for the injured Fernando Torres.
However, sources at Sunderland have told Press Association Sport there is "not a chance" of that happening after weeks of speculation over the former Southampton frontman's future.
Both manager Steve Bruce and chairman Niall Quinn have in recent days stated Sunderland's intention to hang on to the man former boss Roy Keane signed for £6million in August 2007.
However, it is believed the Black Cats might be prepared to consider an offer for Jones, but only at the right price. Birmingham made an enquiry earlier in the transfer window which has gone no further.
Hours earlier, a Liverpool side shorn of key men Torres, Steven Gerrard and Yossi Benayoun through injury had allowed a 1-0 lead to slip at Stoke when Robert Huth snatched a point with a last-gasp equaliser at the Britannia Stadium.
Dirk Kuyt headed against a post deep into stoppage-time when he might have done better to leave Benitez bemoaning the absence of compatriot Torres, who is expected to be sidelined for up to six weeks.