Martin O'Neill says that he has no intention to sell any of his star players during the January transfer window despite reports Stephane Sessegnon and Kieran Richardson could be on their way out of Sunderland.
Benin international Sessegnon - who netted in Tuesday's 4-1 success at Wigan - has been the subject of speculation he is unhappy on Wearside, while reports suggest fellow midfielder Richardson could be on Arsenal's shopping list this month.
However, the Black Cats boss - who has won four of his seven games since taking charge at the Stadium of Light - is keen to keep hold of all his key players.
"I obviously want to keep players at the football club," said O'Neill. "If there is anyone desperately unhappy and there is nothing we can do about that and something arrives in January, then I will give that some consideration.
"But the main point would be trying to stabilise things rather than letting people go. That would be my general view of things."
Sunderland are unbeaten in their last four games under O'Neill -winning three - and have climbed to tenth in the Premier League table.