Leicester City boss Nigel Pearson irritated by transfer rumours over his players
Nigel Pearson is tired of speculation linking some of his players with moves away from the King Power Stadium, and he believes the rumour-mill is getting worse.
The Leicester City boss said third parties who trigger speculation about his players can be unsettling.
French winger Anthony Knockaert has been linked with both Arsenal and QPR, while striker Jamie Vardy has also been the subject of media speculation linking him to a loan move during the current January transfer window.
However, Pearson said the vast majority of speculation has no foundation.
"I think one of the irritating things of this transfer window is that, all of a sudden, there seems to be a lot of talk about your own players and whether we are trying to move players on," he said.
"Quite honestly, most of it has absolutely no foundation.
"I tend not to listen too much because we are quite clear in our own mind what we are trying to achieve.
"Apart from a couple of exceptions, no-one in my squad is available.
"Unfortunately, there will always be lots of people out there, third parties, who have a vested interest in trying to unsettle players. That is the nature of the business we work in these days.
"It is getting increasingly worse. Those third parties make their money when players move, so it is in their interest to generate some interest.
"More often than not, there is no foundation to it.
"That is the business we work in, and you have to put up with having to answer the same questions repeatedly.
"The media get sick of asking the same questions. But I understand that they have the questions to ask, and my job is to try to fend them off when they come."
Pearson, below, did say that he is set to hold talks with midfielder Neil Danns about his future at the club.
Danns has returned to City after a two-month loan spell with Bristol City.
Robins boss Derek McInnes has said he is interested in taking Danns again for a further spell, but Pearson said there were several factors that had to be assessed.
"He is back and we will probably discuss at some point where we go from here," said Pearson. "Whether Bristol City want to take him or not is one element of it, but then it has to be decided whether we think it is appropriate and whether the player wants to go back there.
"There are a number of variables that we have to consider before any further action is taken."
City youngsters Tom Hopper and Steven Smith have extended their loans at Bury and Ilkeston respectively.
Hopper will stay with the League One side for the rest of the season, while Smith remains with Ilkeston until the end of this month.
City have also rejected an offer from Bristol Rovers for centre-back Cian Bolger.