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Jones will stay, Bruce tells 'disrespectful' Liverpool

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Bruce 'outraged' by Reds pursuit of Jones

Sunderland manager Steve Bruce says reports that striker Kenwyne Jones is poised to join Liverpool on loan are nothing more than "total nonsense".

Bruce insists there has been no contact between the clubs despite suggestions on Merseyside that Jones, 25, will join the Reds on a temporary basis.

Bruce told BBC Sport: "It's the biggest load of rubbish I've read in weeks.

"I find it hugely disrespectful. The way they think they have got a chance to get him on loan is total nonsense."

Following injuries to Fernando Torres, Steven Gerrard and Yossi Benayoun, Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez wants to boost his goalscoring options and let it be known that the Reds were pursuing a loan deal for Jones.

Reports also hinted Benitez was keen to swap out-of-favour Reds forward Ryan Babel for the Trinidad & Tobago frontman. That idea has already been dismissed by Bruce.

As for Jones joining Liverpool on a temporary basis, Sunderland said on Monday that there was "not a chance" of that happening.

Now Bruce has chosen to lambast the Reds for their pursuit of the player.

"As if I am going to let a player who is a big asset go on loan," said the Black Cats boss. "There is constant badgering of Kenwyne when we, as a club, haven't heard anything.

"I keep reading this nonsense that I'm going to allow him to go on loan because it is a tax advantage for both clubs - it's utter rubbish."

Birmingham have also been linked with a bid for Jones, who signed a new four-and-a-half year contract last January.

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However, Bruce and chairman Niall Quinn have both spoken in recent days of their desire to keep the player at the club.

The 6ft 1in frontman, signed from Southampton for £6m in 2007, has scored six goals this season and forged a promising partnership with leading scorer Darren Bent.

Liverpool have had a difficult season so far and are sixth in the Premier League and have been knocked out of all the major cup competitions.

Despite their position, Benitez said on Monday that he may not make signings during the transfer window.

"We will see if we can do something more in this window," he said. "If we cannot we will stick together for the next challenge. We have a good team, a good squad and not as bad as people think.

"It is important to have confidence. When people say we need two strikers like Torres you say 'OK. Where are these strikers and how much can you pay for them?"'



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