Jamie Maclaren of the Brisbane Roar.
Jamie Maclaren of the Brisbane Roar. DAN PELED

Roar boss denies any Stoke move for Maclaren

BRISBANE Roar coach John Aloisi has batted away rumours that striker Jamie Maclaren could be on his way to the English Premier League.

A report on eyefootball.com said: "Stoke City have tabled a bid for Australian international striker Jamie Maclaren.

"The forward is amongst three players who are on the radar of Stoke manager Mark Hughes for a transfer in the January transfer window.”

Maclaren has been in lengthy discussions with the Roar over a new contract but Aloisi said there had not been any offers for the 24-year-old - or any other player.

"We know that Jamie Maclaren, everyone is going to be talking about him and interested in him,” Aloisi said.

"There's always speculation but there's no offer.

"Jamie's been really good and is focused on his football.

"He's not thinking about anything but he knows that as a striker there will be people talking about him all time.

"Good or bad, that's just the way it is.

"But he's been focused.

"Last week he looked really sharp and was unlucky not to score and I am expecting him to cause Sydney FC problems.”

Asked if there had been any interest by Stoke, the player's manager, Paddy Dominguez, told SBS website The World Game: "The article and the story is complete news to Jamie and I.

"I can only assume that if there is any credibility to the article it would be that Stoke have contacted Brisbane directly.”

A club spokesman said: "Until the club is contacted in any official form we will not make any comment.”

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