Hughton had a simple response when questioned if the club had received a firm bid for either.
"No, and probably if there was I wouldn't say it. The best way is to conduct business behind closed doors," he told the Pink 'Un. "You see we have been able to present Ricky and Nathan as done deals this week and that is fact. Around those sort of transfers there is only a small fraction of what you hear that is actually fact. By far the vast majority is very much speculation.
"If there has been interest in our players then that is a plus as far as I am concerned because we must be doing something right. I think if there is speculation regarding players we want to bring in it indicates we are attempting to do some work. Some of those names will come into the public domain, the majority will not."