Derby County’s administrators say they have not been approached by or spoken to ex-Newcastle owner Mike Ashley.
It was suggested at the weekend that Ashley might be interested in the Rams, who are looking for new ownership.
However, Andrew Hosking, managing director at Quantuma and joint administrator of Derby County, says Ashley has not been in touch.
“We can confirm we have neither been approached by nor have we entered into dialogue with Mike Ashley,” he said.
“As this is an ongoing process, we are unable to comment on the names of the individuals and organisations that have met this criteria at this time.
“Of those who have returned a signed non-disclosure agreement (NDA), several have been able to provide the necessary proof of funds we have requested to be considered as a serious bidder.”
Ashley ceased his 14-year relationship with Newcastle United when the Magpies’ Saudi Arabian-backed takeover was completed five days ago.
More to follow.