Xabi Alonso claims no Premier League offers were put to him before leaving Real Madrid for Bayern Munich.
Blackpool have signed Rochdale full-back Tom Kennedy on loan, while Tangerines striker Francois Zoko has joined Bradford.
Sunderland boss Gus Poyet has been backed to leave the club in Sky Bet's next Premier League manager to lose his job market.
Sky Bet slashed the Black Cats chief's odds from 16/1 to 6/4 on Monday but its still considered more likely that there'll be no more managerial casualties (8/11) before the season is through.
Sky Bet's Dale Tempest said: "We cut Poyet to 12/1 this afternoon but the money just kept on coming even after eventually being backed in to 13/8.
"The flow appears to have been stemmed at 6/4, but as yet we're unsure what's fuelling this sudden interest ahead of their game at the Etihad Stadium."