Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson believes Ed Upson is npower Championship quality but poured cold water on reports linking him to Bristol City.
The tenacious midfielder has made 29 appearances for the Glovers this season and is an integral part of Johnson's League One play-off push.
Today's Bristol Post suggested former Ipswich Town youngster Upson was a target for City's previous boss Derek McInnes before he was sacked earlier this month.
However, Huish Park boss Johnson dismissed the news as rumour and said Ashton Gate scouts have had little opportunity to see Upson's talent up close.
"I can't see that being true because I think they only came to one of the games (former City loanee) Joe Edwards played in," said Johnson.
"I think Ed is a Championship player and I am hoping he will get there for us. This is the club for him at the moment and I would have been an easy one to phone up if Bristol City had an interest in him.
"It's good for players when they hear there's a bit of interest, it means they're doing well. Derek had my number and it would have been easy for him to call so I would say that was a rumour."
The Glovers are without a game this weekend and are next in action when they host MK Dons on Tuesday night.
It is likely that Crystal Palace striker Kwesi Appiah will be among their ranks, with Johnson confirming any loan deal for the 22-year-old will be the club's final activity of the current transfer window.
He said: "There is a board meeting on Friday and they have asked me 48 times this week to attend so I expect it is for a very good reason.
"We have lost a couple of games so therefore our finances will have gone down a bit and I am sure we cannot go out and get top players at this moment in time.
"However, I wouldn't want to anyway. If they see this before they see me on Friday they don't have to panic in the boardroom because I am not going to come saying that we are going to need this, that and the other. What I do want is us all to be together in wanting to get to the play-offs."
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