Blackburn boss Steve Kean has again insisted that defender Chris Samba will not be leaving Ewood Park during the January transfer window.
The powerful centre-back has been tipped for a move away from struggling Rovers and recently handed in transfer request, only to see it rejected by the club.
A number of Premier League rivals have been linked with a move for Samba's services and Kean elected to take him out of the firing line for Saturday's 1-1 draw at Everton.
The Rovers manager plans to bring the key defender back into action for the club's next game - the meeting with Newcastle on February 1, the day after the transfer window slams shut.
He added: "If Chris is going to move, it's not going to be in this window.
"It wasn't a case of trying to get teams bidding against each other to get a figure up, we'd just like to keep him, it's as simple as that.
"You could see we've got other lads we can put in, it was a tough decision leaving Grant Hanley out to put Scott Dann in so we've got real competition for places in the centre-half position.
"We want Chris to be one of those players competing and putting performances in for us, as he's done ever since he's been at the club."