Sunderland deny Stoke's claims over Ricardo Fuller bid
Fuller has been Stoke's top scorer in each of the last three seasons
Sunderland have rejected Stoke's claims that the Black Cats made a bid for striker Ricardo Fuller.
Stoke boss Tony Pulis said his club had received an offer from Steve Bruce's side but a Sunderland spokeswoman told BBC Sport that was "nonsense".
Sunderland did make an initial enquiry but that interest has been withdrawn.
Pulis said he had given permission for Fuller to speak to Sunderland but added: "It is not just Sunderland, other clubs are interested."
Pulis added: "Ric has been here five-and-a-half years but if someone comes in and makes an offer which benefits him for the rest of his life and we can't match it then we as a club have a responsibility to, and a respect for, the lad.
"If we think it is beneficial for us as well as Ricardo then we'll get the deal done.
"Ric has been a fantastic player at this club. We've looked after him and done very well for him and he's done well for us.
"If he has the opportunity to go somewhere else which will secure his future for the rest of his life then we have to take his personal views into account.
"There comes a time - there has been stuff going on behind the scenes - and he has an opportunity to do very well for himself."
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