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Pearson refutes speculation

Nigel Pearson claims he has been left bemused by media speculation linking Leicester City to a number of transfer targets.

Although Leicester still have four games to play in the Championship, rumours are already surfacing about their preparations for life in the Premier League.

Sources have linked Manchester United striker Federico Macheda with a move to the King Power Stadium, while Bolton's Mark Davies has also been name-checked.

However, Pearson dismissed all speculation by claiming none of the names mentioned in the media are on his radar.

"It makes me smile the way the speculation starts again and you are linked to players who are nowhere near our radar," he told the Leicester Mercury. "It really is quite bemusing.

"We will do our business in the way we always try to do it, but I can't stop other people trying to link us with players that we are not interested in.

"It goes with the territory and the time of the year. People have to start getting busy again."

Pearson reiterated his desire to keep on-field matters in focus but admits there is nothing he can do to prevent speculation.

Surprised

"None of the people that we are interested in have we gone public with," he added.

"I am always really surprised by the names that are out there who are strongly linked. I can't do anything about it.

"I won't spend too much time talking about it because the names I have heard bandied about we certainly aren't interested in."

As well as nine players, Pearson is also out of contract at the end of the season - but he said talks over a new deal can wait until the summer.

"It will be done at the end of the season," he said.

"I don't want to get side-tracked by those sorts of issues. It hasn't been a huge problem for me. We will have to wait and see what happens on it.

"I certainly don't want to start talking about that now. We have three weeks of the season left and we want to enjoy them.

"To do that we have to get our performances right. That is all I am interested in."