Lyon have “categorically denied” media reports of a fee being agreed with Newcastle United for Bruno Guimaraes.
It was widely reported on Wednesday morning that the Magpies had reached a £30million agreement with the French club to sign their star midfielder.
Guimaraes, currently in Ecuador on international duty with Brazil, was tipped to undergo his medical in South America before finalising his move to Tyneside.
However, Lyon have angrily hit back at claims in a strong statement on their official website.
A club statement by the Ligue 1 outfit read: “Olympique Lyonnais categorically denies the false information disseminated by many media reporting an agreement between Newcastle and OL for the transfer of Brazilian international midfielder Bruno Guimaraes.
“In this transfer window period where the slightest rumor is often presented as reality, Olympique Lyonnais reminds that only information officially released by the club is to be taken into consideration.”