Wigan boss Matt Peet kept his cards close to his chest when asked about his interest in rising Salford star Tyler Dupree.
Dupree, 23, has been in the headlines as of late after his agent handed in a transfer request at the AJ Bell Stadium.
The club rejected the request, with his current contract running through until the end of 2025.
Salford released a statement from director of rugby and operations Ian Blease amid the speculation, insisting that the side are committed to retaining their players, with the likes of Andy Ackers, Kallum Watkins and Brodie Croft also signed up to long-term deals with the Red Devils.
Dupree, who made his international debut with England against France earlier this year, had been linked with a move to Hull KR.
But Wigan reportedly also entered the race to sign the former Leeds youngster, who made his Super League debut with Salford after joining the club midway through 2022 from Widnes.
However, Wigan boss Peet declined to offer much to media on Wednesday out of respect to the player and his current club.
Wigan boss reacts to Tyler Dupree speculation
Peet said: “The first thing is, Tyler Dupree is a Salford player. Out of respect, I don’t like to go into too much detail.
“He’s a Salford player and I wouldn’t like it if someone was talking about my players in the press.
“We’ve asked to be kept included in discussions, but I don’t want to comment further than that.”
Salford boss Paul Rowley has recently said the Red Devils will do everything they can to retain their number 16, insisting he doesn’t want his side to be a ‘selling club’.
Most recently, Dupree was a try-scorer in the 29-22 Super League win over Hull at home, returning to the play-offs in sixth spot over St Helens.
Rowley said post-match on Dupree: “He trained well, he played well, he’s our player for three years as far as I’m concerned.
“I’m looking forward to carrying on coaching him for the next three years.
“If it is anything to do with me and if it’s a football decision, then it won’t be happening and we’ll look after him and nature him, pay him what he’s worth and that’ll be the door shut.
“Wouldn’t that be a strong message from our club if we could do that? Because this club has been saying for a long time that we are not a selling club, so we need to back that up now.”