Sam Allardyce has advised Manchester City not to waste their time making a fresh approach for Roque Santa Cruz.
The Blues have been tracking the Blackburn striker since the summer and have already seen three bids rebuffed by Rovers.
That, though, does not appear to have curbed their desire to land the Paraguay international, with a fourth offer reported to be in the pipeline.
However, with Matt Derbyshire having joined Olympiakos on loan and Allardyce yet to bolster his attacking unit during the January transfer window, Rovers have made it clear that Santa Cruz will be going nowhere.
"There is not the opportunity now to get the quality of striker we need to allow us to even consider letting Roque Santa Cruz move to Manchester City," said Allardyce.
"So for me, he stays, although I can't put it to bed completely until the deadline has passed.
"It's impossible, from any manager's point of view, to see what happens between now and then.
"But I certainly wish it was the 3rd of February tomorrow."