Middlesbrough manager Gareth Soutgate has again insisted he wants to keep winger Stewart Downing.
The Teesside-born wide-man is unsettled at The Riverside and has made little secret of the fact he is keen to look at other options.
Tottenham have made a move for Downing, with Everton and Portsmouth also keeping a close eye on the situation.
However, despite a breakdown in contract talks - which have been ongoing for the last 12 months - Southgate remains hopeful of a deal.
"We still haven't received a bid for Downing and I hope it doesn't happen before January 31," he said.
"He is a player I think the world of. I want him to be part of our future. I see him as part of our plans."
Southgate also took a swipe at Downing's representative Ian Elliott.
"I was very interested to see Stewart's agent on TV telling us what may or may not happen," he continued,
"As far as I am concerned I don't want anything to happen. Stewart is a player I don't want to lose. He is a very important player for us and he is our top scorer.
"He has been fantastic in my time here. As a manager, he doesn't cause me any problems whatsoever. He is a huge asset to us. That's why I want to keep him here."
Southgate says a new deal is still possible, adding: "We have been in negotiations with Stewart and his adviser for a while now.
"There is an impasse at the moment on a new deal but nothing I don't think cannot be resolved."
Meanwhile, Southgate has confirmed that Mido still is not ready to return to action whilst Ben Hutchinson has been sidelined with a broken toe.
"Mido is back in training, but not yet with the team. He won't be available for the game tomorrow but the good news is that he is not too far away," he said.
"Ben has suffered a small break, which I don't think will take too long to heal on crutches."