Bruce dismisses Jones loan reports
Jones has been linked with a move away from the Stadium of Light ever since the transfer window opened, and recent reports claimed Liverpool have enquired about taking him on loan. Bruce insists he has not received enquiries for any of his players, however, and was amused by reports he would even consider allowing Jones to leave on loan. "I've not had any manager enquire about any of my players," he told the Sunderland Echo "No manager - and that's usually the first port of call - has been in touch I'm pleased to say. And as for this story about Kenwyne leaving on loan - come on! "What would be the point of letting Kenwyne go out on loan somewhere? No chance. Do they not feel silly running that story? "People must question my sanity and judgement if they think I would allow that, and it's not happening. It's ridiculous." Bruce stopped short of saying Jones is not for sale but he has warned the likes of Stoke and Birmingham, both of whom have been linked with the striker, that it would take a large bid to persuade him into doing business. He added: "Something - a bid - that is going to blow us away, that is different. We all know that every player has his price. "I have had experience of it when I was at Wigan and Spurs were interested in Wilson Palacios. Once they start talking £12-14million, it makes sense to do it." Sunderland have spoken to Schalke about German international striker Kevin Kuranyi, although chairman Niall Quinn insisted at the weekend their interest was no indication of an imminent exit for Jones. But there is little doubt they would want a replacement on board before they would even consider the possibility of allowing the 6ft 2ins frontman to leave. In the meantime, Bruce, who has an interest in Wigan full-back Maynor Figueroa and Hamburg's Guy Demel, continues to pursue his targets, although progress has been limited. He continued: "We are looking and we have got a couple of bids in for one or two players, so we will see what response we get from the clubs. "But there's nothing likely to happen in the next 24-48 hours. I said at the start of the month that I didn't think we would be ultra-busy in the transfer market in January, and nothing has changed." However, Bruce has insisted he is not in the market for Manchester United keeper Ben Foster with £9million Scotland international Craig Gordon back in the frame after recovering from a broken arm.