Udinese owner Giampaolo Pozzo believes that Sulley Muntari will not be leaving Italy for Portsmouth in January.
Pompey boss Harry Redknapp is a confirmed admirer of the Ghanaian international but has previously intimated that the Serie A club's financial demands are making any potential transfer impossible.
Udinese are believed to want around é¼15million (£9.9million) for the player who shone at the World Cup finals, and Pozzo's gut reaction is that Muntari will not be swapping Stadio Friuli for Fratton Park.
"My belief is that Muntari will remain where he is, for him there is nothing definitive yet," said Pozzo.
It remains to be seen whether Pompey will reignite their interest in the midfielder, but if Muntari does go then the signing of Tomas Sivok from Sparta Prague will help to soften the blow.
Pozzo has confirmed that the signing of the Czech Republic international, for a fee of around £2.5million, has now been ratified.
"For Sivok it is done, we can say we have completed this affair," Pozzo added.
Muntari's replacement at Udinese could be Esbjerg fB star Niki Zimling, with club director Roberto Zanzi confirming the Serie A side's interest in the Danish Under 21 international.
"Muntari is attracting a lot of interest in England," Zanzi told Ekstra Bladet.
"His successor could be the Dane Zimling. We have followed him with a big interest."