Robbie Fowler to Hull City rumour laughed off by his former Liverpool and Leeds team-mate Nick Barmby
NICK Barmby has laughed off reports of a swoop for former team-mate Robbie Fowler and maintains he has no plans to strengthen his Hull City ranks for the run-in.
National speculation has linked Fowler, 36, with a surprise move to the KC Stadium after a trial spell with Championship rivals Blackpool came to nothing this week.
Barmby, who played alongside Fowler for England, Liverpool and Leeds, admits he remains in touch with the veteran striker, only to "chuckle" at the suggestion of a possible deal.
Instead, the City boss will keep faith with his troops for the remaining 13 games of the season and says any late movement ahead of the emergency loan deadline on March 22 will only come if injuries bite.
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"Something may happen," said Barmby. "Obviously with suspension and heaven forbid injuries, then you've got to do something.
"But I honestly can't see anything at this moment in time.
"I've seen the rumour mill in Hull, which is brilliant, but it's a no on Robbie.
"He was a team-mate and I still speak to him but there's nothing in that.
"I had to chuckle when I heard it, especially when I got quite a few texts. Before I know it, people have seen him in a hotel in Hull!"
Should City need to strengthen in the coming weeks, the most likely area appears to be in defence.
Head of football operations Adam Pearson has previously hinted at a search for a versatile defender and former England under-21s international Stuart Parnaby could fit the bill.
The right-back has been without a club since leaving Birmingham at the end of last season but featured in City's reserve team win over Scunthorpe on Wednesday night as part of a trial spell.
League One side Carlisle have also been monitoring Parnaby, but Barmby says the defender will continue to train with the Tigers in a bid to win a deal.
"It came from a phone call from Steve Agnew who I've known for a long time," he explained.
"He's a coach up at Middlesbrough, where he's been training, and he rang me to see if we would have a little look at him.
"We'll take a look at him for a couple of weeks and see how it goes.
"We've had a few players on trial on good recommendations, from people we trust. We are pretty cool with it and we'll have a little look."