Stoke boss Tony Pulis is hoping Abdoulaye Faye can be persuaded to sign a new deal at the club.
The defender is set to see his current contract with the Potters expire at the end of the season.
Uncertainty surrounding his future has led to reports suggesting he could be moved on in January, with Stoke reluctant to see him leave for nothing.
SPL giants Celtic are among those believed to have expressed an interest in the Senegal international and a New Year bid could be in the pipeline.
Stoke, though, have not given up hope of convincing Faye that he would be better served sticking around at the Britannia Stadium.
Pulis admits talks regarding a contract extension have already been opened and has sought to play down the prospect of a sale being sanctioned over the coming weeks.
He said: "We are still in discussions with Abby because he's a decent player.
"We've got Abby until the end of the season and things are happening behind the scenes, so there's no problem."