Birmingham City have played down a prison visit by Steve Bruce to see Jermaine Pennant.
Bruce has been to seen Pennant in Milton Keynes Prison, but managing director Karren Brady said it would be wrong to infer it was to tie up a permanent transfer.
The 22-year-old winger is on loan from Arsenal until the season's end, when his contract is due to expire. Arsenal are not prepared to give him another deal.
He has impressed for Blues, and Bruce and Brady have been talking to Pennant's agent, Sky Andrew, for weeks about agreeing a permanent transfer in a deal worth around £3 million once he has been released.
Bruce made it clear he would visit Pennant in prison once he was sentenced to check on his well-being and general state of mind.
Yesterday, Brady said: "Steve did go to see Jermaine in prison but it's wrong to suggest it was to have contract talks with him.
"It's been a very tough time for Jermaine and he needs all the help and support he can get. Not many of us can imagine what it must be like to be in prison.
"Although he is on loan to us, we feel a responsibility to Jermaine and Steve wanted to check on his well being, that he was coping OK and that he was keeping his spirits up."
Pennant was jailed for three months earlier this month for drink drive offences by magistrates in Aylesbury.
He is in a cell on his own and has been assigned some cleaning duties but is expected to be moved to another prison which does not have the same levels of security as Milton Keynes, which is a Category A jail.