Huddersfield Town have quashed rumours of a Burnley bid for James Vaughan and their own supposed interest in West Ham United striker Carlton Cole.

Burnley have regularly had scouts at Town’s home games, leading to suggestions that Vaughan is a target, with Marvin Sordell possibly coming the other way.

But John Smith’s Stadium sources insist there has been no interest from Turf Moor in the 26-year-old striker.

Like 23-year-old Sordell, who played under Town manager Chris Powell at Charlton Athletic last season, former Chelsea player Cole, 31, has been touted as a possible replacement for Grant Holt.

But Town, last week linked with Dundee United frontman Nadir Ciftci, have denied interest in Cole, and also distanced themselves from League I frontmen Eoin Doyle and Michael Smith.

Irishman Doyle, 26, has scored 21 times for Chesterfield this season.

And Smith, 23, who was at Charlton at the same time as Powell, has netted 13 times for Swindon Town.

Powell – who has named Vaughan, back after a calf injury, in his starting side for the last three matches – has urged patience during the transfer window.


“Obviously the window is now open, and we are working hard to do some business,” said the boss, whose team are on Championship duty at home to Watford on Saturday.

I would love to get something done soon, but it doesn’t always work that way.

“Players dwell on moves, and clubs dwell on them as they look for better offers. There are a lot of factors involved.”

Burnley’s Premier League rivals Manchester United, QPR and West Bromwich Albion also had scouts at the John Smith’s on Saturday.

Both Town and Watford will be aiming to bounce back from FA Cup third-round defeats.

While Town went down 1-0 at home to Championship rivals Reading, Watford were beaten 3-0 at Chelsea.

Town are in the Under 21 Premier League Cup Round of 16 against Charlton at Stalybridge Celtic tomorrow (1.00).