Newcastle boss Chris Hughton has no plans to offload star striker Andy Carroll ahead of the club's return to the Barclays Premier League. The 21-year-old striker, who hit 17 league goals in the Magpies' promotion-winning season, has recently been linked in reports with Chelsea.
However, Hughton insists he has had no contact from the Premier League champions, telling The Chronicle: "I can say 100% that I have not heard anything from Chelsea, to me that is just speculation.
"Kris Boyd is a good player, but I can categorically say that there have been no talks at this stage," Hughton added.
"You never want to say 100% no, but it's a non-starter at this moment."