Graham Kavanagh has played down suggestions he could link up with Sheffield United following his loan spell with city rivals Sheffield Wednesday.
The midfielder will return to parent club Sunderland after playing for The Owls against Blackpool this weekend.
But reports have claimed he could be swiftly loaned out again, with Blades boss Bryan Robson anxious to sign a midfielder.
Kavanagh has brushed off the rumours, but admits he would be open to a return to Hillsborough if he fails to break back into the Sunderland side.
"That's the first I have heard of any move to Sheffield United, I didn't even know they were supposed to be interested," said Kavanagh in the Yorkshire Post.
"I wouldn't imagine Roy Keane would allow me to go back to Sunderland, with the option of sending me off somewhere else. If that was the case it would have been another month here.
"I'm sure there are all sorts of rumours going round, but that's all they are.
"I spoke to the manager (Brian Laws) on Monday when he broke news to me that Roy Keane wanted me back.
"I said 'look, we will keep our options open'. If in the January transfer window it gets to the point where I haven't been playing at Sunderland, if Brian was to come back in again we would re-assess the situation come the time.
"I would certainly be interested in returning, it would then be up to the club to make the move happen."