Sheffield United midfielder Michael Tonge will not be joining Derby, according to Blades boss Kevin Blackwell.
The 25-year-old has been the centre of summer speculation and it has been hinted that West Ham could be considering a move as they seek a replacement for Fredrik Ljungberg.
However, Blackwell is eager to keep Tonge as he prepares for Saturday's Championship kick-off at Birmingham.
Blackwell told Radio Sheffield: "Many of my players have been linked with other clubs, but more often than not it has not come to anything.
"Often agents tout their players around, but I can honestly say there is nothing in this one, Michael is staying put."