Blackburn Rovers boss Steve Kean has not given up hope of securing Canadian forward Junior Hoilett on fresh terms.
The 21-year-old's contract expires at the end of the season, although Rovers would be entitled to compensation if he leaves in the summer.
Talks over a new deal have ground to a halt, but that has not hindered Kean's hopes of extending the youngster's stay at Ewood Park.
It has been suggested Hoilett will see out of the campaign with Rovers and Kean sees no reason why more contract talks cannot take place.
"I think it's been very public where we are with Junior's contract," Kean told Sky Sports.
"I think if anyone saw him play on Saturday against Fulham he's playing for the club and his team-mates.
"I've never had a problem in bringing Junior up through the development pathway he's had at the club. He's a top player and we're still hopeful he can be with us.
"If it goes beyond this window and he's still here until the end of the season then we'll have to sit down at the appropriate time with him and tie him to the club because we're developing players and we want to keep him."