Steve Bruce admits that he has offered Nyron Nosworthy a new two-year contract to stay at Sunderland.
The defender has found first-team opportunities hard to come by this season after the summer arrivals of Michael Turner, John Mensah and Paulo Da Silva have pushed him down the pecking order.
However Bruce still turned down offers from the likes of Stoke and Portsmouth for the 29-year-old over the summer, highlighting how highly thought of the centre-half is at the Stadium of Light.
Despite having started just two games this term Bruce has been quick to offer the former Gillingham man a new deal, with his current contract set to expire in the summer.
"Nyron's been offered a new contract and I hope he will sign it within the next few days," the Black Cats boss told the Sunderland Echo.
"I'll be delighted if he signs, because I think he has still got a role to play for us. He's well thought of here, a popular lad and we like him. He's a good player.
"At the weekend against Liverpool, when I had to make changes, I considered bringing Nuggsy on and the only thing that stopped me doing that was the fact that he hasn't played much football of late.
"But he is a very good player to have in your squad and he's got a great attitude."