Sunderland are set to shun interest from Wolves and West Brom and keep Nyron Nosworthy, skysports.com understands.
Steve Bruce is a fan of the versatile defender and handed him a new contract last year not long after he arrived at the Stadium of Light.
But Bruce is looking to bolster his defensive options and was understood to be considering letting Nosworthy leave, but only if he had sufficient cover.
Recently Nosworthy has been enjoying a run in the first-team at right-back and that has again highlighted his important role within the squad.
A number of clubs had shown an interest with Wolves and West Brom both keen to seal a move for 29-year-old.
But Bruce now looks set to keep Nosworthy, who is currently sidelined with a minor knee problem, until the summer at least.
Should Bruce succeed in bringing in a couple of defensive recruits before the end of the month he may consider a late deal for the former Gillingham man.
Currently Bruce is still hoping to bring in the likes of Guy Demel, Younes Kaboul and Maynor Figueroa.