In the past few weeks, West Bromwich Albion have been speculatively linked to Derby County defender Darren Moore and Aston Villa striker Luke Moore was on his way to The Hawthorns and Baggies manager Tony Mowbray last night made it clear that he wants to hear no more of it.
The West Bromwich Albion boss says he is perfectly content with his lot, so long as his irrepressible quartet of strikers continue to push each other to the limits. With their 5-0 thrashing of Coventry City in the fifth round of the FA Cup on Saturday, Albion gave a reminder of just how potent they can be and why they are top of the country's goal-scoring charts, with 66 goals in the Coca-Cola Championship.
Mowbray said: "The Luke Moore thing is purely speculation and he will not have any impact on the players at the club now. We have got Ishmael Miller, Kevin Phillips, Roman Bednar and Craig Beattie and we have scored more goals than anyone else in the country this season. We are happy enough with our goalscorers, but they have to keep that competition going among themselves.
"I do not want anyone to take their foot off the gas. They know that if they go a game or two without scoring, the guy coming off the bench will inevitably come on and do so. That is what you want and I think that is what drives them on."
It is arguably on-loan Czech marksman Bednar who has made the most impact. His recent goals-per-game ratio 14 in his last 17 is startling but is still not enough to make him the club's top scorer, which is an honour held by Phillips.
But unlike the veteran, whose predatory qualities the manager has long known all about, the form of Bednar has even altered Mowbray's thinking. He said: "Roman has been pretty influential since he has got into the side. He has found himself in a group of strikers that has been scoring lots of goals but he has got to continue to work hard.
"The perception when he came here was that Ishmael and Kevin were the No 1 strike pairing. Roman has impacted on that and has certainly given me plenty of food for thought on team selection."
Competition for places at The Hawthorns is tough as the in-form Sherjill MacDonald, who has scored six goals in three games on loan at League Two title-chasers Hereford United, and goalkeeper Luke Steele, whose heroics helped Barnsley to win in the Cup at Anfield on Saturday, would testify.
The impact either player has had since going out on loan has not come as a surprise to Mowbray, although he intimated that the goalkeeper's future at The Hawthorns is hardly bright after the arrival of Michal Danek.
"I am Sherjill MacDonald's biggest fan and have spoken highly of him since the day he arrived here," Mowbray said. "If you see him in training, he has unbelievable assets which give our defenders no end of problems. I have got no doubts that he is going to be a top player, but he can't get many minutes on the pitch for us at the moment.
"It is the same for Luke Steele. He did well to put in a performance like that and I am delighted for him but his opportunities are going to be very limited at our club, so if he has done himself the world of good with that performance at Anfield, then that's great for him."