The Raiders, through senior executive John Herrera, denied a MediaNews report that James Lofton agreed to terms to join the coaching staff, with coach Lane Kiffin finding out through a third party. “The statement that Lane didn’t know about it is untrue,” Herrera said Thursday. “It’s totally false.”

Lofton, recently fired as wide receivers coach of the San Diego Chargers, met with both Kiffin and offensive coordinator Greg Knapp Monday.

According to an anonymous source, no offer was extended, and Kiffin was later told by someone not affiliated with the organization that Lofton would soon be joining the staff.

Herrera confirmed the interview taking place with Kiffin and Knapp, but said there was not yet a deal in place. He said following the interview, Lofton met with Davis to talk contract.

“Lane knew that if the organization could agree to terms that James would be on board,” Herrera said. “We haven’t finalized an agreement. We hope to in the next few days.”

When asked if Kiffin was available for comment, Herrera said he was not.

“He doesn’t want to get in a situation where he is more caught up in responding to rumors than he iscoaching the football team,” Herrera said.

Lofton has twice interviewed to become head coach of the Raiders, with the job going to Art Shell in 2006 and Kiffin in 2007.

Last season, the Raiders dismissed their entire offensive staff after scoring just 12 offensive touchdowns in 16 games in 2006, with Kiffin bringing in the coaches and getting the final approval from Davis.

The Lofton issue is the latest story indicating problems between Kiffin and Davis since the end of the regular season — all of which have been denied by the Raiders.

Included in the reports were Kiffin’s desire to fire defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, Davis’ attempting to get Kiffin to sign a letter of resignation and Davis sending Kiffin a letter essentially stripping him of all authority with regard to matters of coaching staff and personnel.

Kiffin’s only public statement regarding any of those issues was at the Senior Bowl, when he said Ryan was under contract and that he was “excited” to have him return.