Gareth Southgate is confident Yakubu Aiyegbeni will be with Middlesbrough come the start of the new season.
However, Southgate has revealed there have been no bids for Yakubu and that he is more than happy to keep him in his squad this season.
The former England defender is still looking to strengthen his North East squad, but will happily give youngsters a chance if he fails to bring anyone in.
When asked whether Yakubu will be at Boro for the start of the season, Southgate replied: "Yeah absolutely, he's obviously very important to us.
"We haven't had any offers for him. I was pleased he scored (on Saturday) and looked sharp.
"We would like to strengthen the squad if we can, but in terms of the valuations and availability of the type of quality you want, it's very difficult to operate in this market.
"If we can't bring in the right people then I'd rather give youngsters a chance."