But with the rumours gathering momentum the Potters have been compelled to quash speculation.
"Asmir's agent rang me as soon as these stories surfaced," chief executive Tony Scholes told scfc.com.
"He assures me that Asmir doesn't know the Bosnian journalist and has certainly never spoken to him.
"It's complete fabrication and unfortunately it has been picked up by a paper in this country.
"It's inevitable when a manager parts company with a club that there's a period of uncertainty and erroneous newspaper reports certainly don't help matters."