Hughes quells Bothroyd link
Mark Hughes has cooled speculation that Jay Bothroyd is on his wishlist during the January transfer window.
By Elliot Ball
Last Updated: 30/12/10 4:58pm
Mark Hughes has cooled media speculation that Jay Bothroyd is on his wishlist during the January transfer window.
The Fulham manager admitted that the club need to address their insufficient goal tally but would not reveal whether Cardiff City striker Bothroyd was a potential target when the market opens in the New Year.
The Cottagers have mustered just 19 goals this season and have badly missed the threat of Bobby Zamora, who broke his leg at the start of the campaign.
Bothroyd has been elevated into the spotlight this term with 13 goals amassed in the Championship and the much-travelled front-man was handed his first England cap in the friendly against France after impressing manager Fabio Capello.
But Hughes, who worked with the 28-year-old during his time as Blackburn Rovers boss, has played down reports linking him with a £2million move for the Bluebirds centre-forward.
Hughes told Sky Sports News HD: "I'm aware of Jay because I worked with him at Blackburn Rovers and that's where the speculation is coming from.
"He's certainly matured as a player from when I had him. He was still a young player and he was finding his way and he's had a few problems at previous clubs.
"But from my knowledge he's a Cardiff player and it's not something I particularly like to do - talk about other players at other clubs."