Paris St Germain could be set to block Sunderland's bid to sign want-away midfielder Stephane Sessegnon.
The Benin international has had a public falling out with coach Antoine Kombouare and has made it clear he wants to leave.
But PSG are determined to keep hold of the 26-year-old who was regarded as one of their star men until his argument with Kombouare.
Sunderland had hoped to take advantage of the situation and have made an offer to take the player on loan, whilst the likes of Aston Villa and Everton are also thought to be interested.
Sessegnon is understood to have travelled to Wearside over the weekend, as a move looked likely but now, according to French sources, PSG have had a change of heart.
Eric Pecout, part of PSG's scouting hierarchy, confirmed in an interview with RMC that the club are looking to keep him.
"He still has his ideas, but the club has not changed its position, because PSG does not want to let him go," said Pecout.
"We'll see in February if he wants to return to the squad, we would be very happy with this."
It remains to be seen if Sessegnon will relent in his demand to move or whether PSG will sanction his exit.