Wigan cool rumours over Bristol City's Nicky Maynard
Wigan Athletic have denied that talks with Bristol City striker Nicky Maynard are at an "advanced stage".
The 25-year-old striker has been heavily linked with Wigan and City chairman Colin Sexstone had said talks were "advanced".
But Wigan chief executive Jonathan Jackson said: "An informal enquiry was made last week, but that is really as far as it goes.
"We're disappointed by suggestions that talks are at an advanced stage."
Maynard, who joined Bristol City from Crewe in July 2008 for £2.25m on a four-year deal, is out of contract at the end of the season and was
transfer listed last month
after failing to agree a new deal.
And City chairman Colin Sexstone had told
BBC Radio Bristol:
"We are in advanced talks with Wigan and I'm sure we can come to an agreement with them.
"There is obviously the matter of Nicky deciding whether he wants to go to Wigan and whether he can come to terms with them.
"We felt it was only right and proper, as it's getting to the end of the window, that it was made public."
MAYNARD'S CAREER SO FAR
Born 11 December 1986 in Winsford, Cheshire
Came through Crewe's youth system and made first-team debut in 2006
Scored 35 goals in 57 starts for Crewe
Signed for Bristol City in July 2008 for club record £2.25m
Netted 11 goals in first term at Ashton Gate
Scored 21 goals in 2009-10 season
Made just 13 appearances last term because of a knee injury
Has scored eight goals in 27 appearances so far this season
However the Wigan chief executive said: "It is normal for clubs to communicate with each other to ascertain availability of players - especially during a transfer window.
"However, we believe these conversations should remain confidential, otherwise, as we have seen in this instance, it can lead to exaggerated speculation."
However, the club confirmed in December that Maynard would be put up for sale in the January transfer window and he has since been linked with a move to the top-flight, with
also showing interest in the forward.
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