Roy Keane is hoping Sunderland will allow Jack Colback to see out the remainder of the season at Ipswich.
The midfielder still has a couple of weeks left to run on his initial loan deal at Portman Road, but the Tractor Boys are hoping he will stay on past that point.
With the 21-year-old unlikely to see much first-team action if he returns to the Stadium of Light, Keane thinks the youngster's development would be better served in the Championship.
He admits discussions regarding an extension to Colback's agreement have been opened and he hopes a positive outcome will be reached.
"Of course I'd like to keep Jack, he's my kind of player," Keane told Ipswich's official website.
"We're talking to Sunderland but a lot can happen in a couple of weeks so we will have to wait and see.
"Sometimes a player wants a bit more security than a loan move and I understand that. He's an intelligent lad and needs to look after himself. I'd do the same if I was in his position.
"We won't be the only club interested in him though. There's a long way to go yet before anything will be sorted."