John Sheridan is determined to keep Lee Hughes at Oldham Athletic as Doncaster Rovers confirm talks to sign the striker are ongoing.
Hughes is out of contract at Oldham at the end of the season and also has a £400,000 release clause in his current deal.
Doncaster boss Sean O'Driscoll revealed earlier this week that he has been given permission to speak to Hughes and expects any transfer to take until the close of the January window to complete.
"We've not made a bid, we've just talked," O'Driscoll told the club's official website. "He is available for the right price.
"We've chatted to the player's agent regarding personal terms, as there is no point in agreeing a fee if you can't afford personal terms, so you need all of the information you possibly can.
"It's ongoing and it looks as if it will be ongoing up until the death."
But O'Driscoll's Oldham counterpart Sheridan remains adamant that Hughes will not be leaving Boundary Park this month.
Sheridan said in The Sun: "While I'm manager Lee will be staying here.
"He's going to be part and parcel of what we're trying to do. It's as simple as that."