Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino insists there was no truth to the rumour that he wanted to sign Morgan Schneiderlin from Southampton.
The 27-year-old midfielder impressed for Pochettino at St Mary's and was linked with a switch to White Hart Lane a year after the Argentine swapped the south coast for the capital.
Schneiderlin eventually ended up joining Manchester United, although he has failed to live up to expectations in his first 18 months at Old Trafford and is expected to depart next month.
The France international looks likely to reunite with former Saints manager Ronald Koeman at Everton, with Pochettino stressing there was never any interest from Spurs.
"It was a rumour. There was never interest in him," the 44-year-old coach said. "We never made an offer [to Southampton]. We never made an offer to him."
When asked if the rise of Harry Winks had played a role in his decision not to move for Schneiderlin, Pochettino replied: "Harry is independent of any other situation in terms of whether we can improve our squad.
"In the last few months, Harry has appeared with power and I think he is doing a great job for the team. He is playing very well and I am very happy with him.
"It's true that the beginning of the season and today, Harry was improving a lot. Now he is going forward and he is showing that he can play in the starting XI.
"He can play like a holding midfielder but he is a player that can adapt. His quality is that he is a player that can adapt his skills in a different position. That is fantastic."