Billy Davies is determined to keep Celtic-bound Kelvin Wilson at Nottingham Forest until the end of the season.
The defender, who will be out of contract in the summer, has already agreed a deal to take him to Parkhead.
The Bhoys are keen to push through a switch during the January transfer window, with Neil Lennon believed to be willing to pay £400,000 in order to land Wilson now.
Forest are reluctant to part with the centre-half mid-season, though, with a promotion push still very much on the cards at the City Ground.
Davies accepts that Wilson has already made it clear that he will be leaving at some stage, but the Scot feels it would be foolish to disrupt his plans at this juncture.
"As far as I am concerned, he has not played his last game for the club," he told the Nottingham Evening Post.
"He missed the game [against Portsmouth on Saturday] because of a virus. We will see what happens in the next few weeks.
"But, with such a short time left in the window, I am not sure it would be such a good idea to have to bring in another centre-back and change things around.
"It is late in the day now, if we are prepared to let him go, it should have been done a long time ago. But I do not want him to go, I want him to stay here and be part of this team until the end of the season.
"We can't keep disrupting this squad. We have already seen our left-back go [Ryan Bertrand]. That is a disruption to a side that has kept excellent clean sheets.
"We have to keep progressing and building. That is hopefully the plan in the next few weeks."
Forest's hopes of clambering back into the Premier League could rest on their ability to add during the January transfer window, with their efforts last season undone by a lack of action in the winter market.
United States international Robbie Findley has already been drafted in on a free transfer, but Davies admits he is hoping to bring in a few more fresh faces before the end of the month.
"We have to bring in players, you can see that. We lost things last season because of tiredness through the season," he added.
"It will be a big test over the next few months, depending on what happens over the next few weeks.
"It is a great free transfer, getting Findley, and we are delighted to have him here. But we have to continue to build and develop. [Marcus] Tudgay came into replace Dexter [Blackstock], don't forget. But we also have to replace one or two other players."