"I've heard nothing from Stoke. I'm at a huge club here and it's really going places," Higginbotham told the Sunderland Echo.
"You can see the players we've brought in and I think they're a sign of some big things happening at the football club.
"I'm concentrating on being here. I want to be part of this football club and what it's all about.
"Until anybody tells me different, then I really want to be here."