Blackpool captain Charlie Adam admits he wants to play at the "top of the tree" - but has no plans to do that just yet.
The Scottish midfielder has been targeted by Aston Villa after leading the Seasiders to promotion last season before continuing to impress in the Premier League this term.
But the Tangerines have rejected an improved £3.5million bid, with manager Ian Holloway insisting Pool do not need the money so he sees no need in having to sell their prized asset, particularly to a team that is struggling below them in the table.
Holloway also reckons that when Adam does leave Bloomfield Road he is capable of playing for one of the Premier League's elite.
Adam was forced to leave Rangers for Blackpool after failing to hold down a regular place with the Scottish giants and while the 25-year-old harbours aspirations of returning to one of the game's biggest clubs, he insists he is not getting distracted by the transfer talk.
"It really isn't difficult to ignore all the talk," he told the Blackpool Gazette.
"I am a footballer and I want to keep playing well, and hopefully I can play for many years.
"There is going to be speculation about lads at Blackpool because the players are playing well. You can't stop speculation, so you just get on with it.
"Everybody has something to say about football, everybody has an opinion. Some people like it, some people don't. You get on with it.
"The bottom line is that everybody knows I want to play at the highest level. I want to play at the top of the tree, as they say.
"This has been a fantastic part of my life coming to Blackpool, and it has been fantastic being part of this club and working with this manager.
"At the end of the day, everybody has ambition and I want to play at the highest level I can. Hopefully one day it will happen."