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Sunderland warn Spurs off Jones


Kenwyne Jones going nowhere - Sbragia

Sunderland manager Ricky Sbragia has insisted that Tottenham have no chance of signing striker Kenwyne Jones.

Reports on Thursday suggested Spurs had tabled a 15m bid for the 24-year-old, but Sbragia said he will not be letting Jones leave the Stadium of Light.

"There's no way I'm selling my best players, I've always said that. It's that simple," he said.

"I don't care what Spurs do, because at the end of the day, Kenwyne will not be going anywhere."

Spurs boss Harry Redknapp is a known admirer of the Trinidad and Tobago international, who he worked with during the pair's time at Southampton.

Jones left Saints to join Sunderland in 2007 for 6m and after recovering from a knee injury last summer, he has formed a good partnership in recent weeks with Djibril Cisse.

"Cisse has been excellent for me," added Sbragia. "He has come into the club, he has settled in well and he likes the area.

"What he has done, he is scoring goals and that's what he is paid to do.

"He and Kenwyne are making a good partnership, so I can't see the point in breaking it up - and I can't understand why we would want to sell our best players to teams around us."

Sunderland are 13th in the Premier League, five places and three points above Tottenham.

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