Preston boss Paul Simpson has ruled out letting Danny Pugh join Championship rivals Stoke.
Simpson confirmed Stoke had made an enquiry for the former Leeds and Manchester United man who has dropped down the pecking order at Deepdale.
However, Simpson is determined to keep Pugh at the club as he remains part of his plans.
Contact"There has been contact from Stoke but I want Danny Pugh at this football club," Simpson told the club's official website.
"He's frustrated that he hasn't been involved of late because of other players coming ahead of him but I still believe he is a valuable part of our squad.
"They have been hoping to sign him for weeks now, starting in August.
"I made it quite clear to Danny Pugh that I want him here and I want him to be pushing to get back into our first team.
"They have been asking to take him on loan with a permanent deal at the end of it but I want him here at the club at this present time."