WOLLONGONG, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 12: Gareth Widdop of the Dragons in action during the round two NRL match between the St George Illawarra Dragons and the Parramatta Eels at WIN Stadium on March 12, 2017 in Wollongong, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

Hull FC coach Lee Radford has denied speculation that they are looking to sign Dragons five-eighth Gareth Widdop for next season.

St George Illawarra Dragons five-eighth Widdop is off contract at the end of the season and rumours have linked him with a move to the Super League next year.

Hull FC, along with Salford, have been tagged as the main interested parties but speaking to Hull Daily Mail, Radford claimed any talk about their pursuit of Widdop was simply made up.

"I understand how it works. The media have to sell their stories on that one and it's become a story that Gareth Widdop has been linked with us," Radford said.

"Nobody from our club knows anything about that so basically it's all that is. It's an avenue to sell papers. Ultimately, like most things, there is not a great deal of substance behind it."

The Dragons have signed Broncos halfback Ben Hunt to a multi-million dollar deal beginning next season and with Widdop's asking price at a similar level, the Dragons might be willing to let him walk.