Manager Steve Tilson says Southend United are hopeful of keeping hold of star striker Freddy Eastwood beyond the January transfer window.
The 22-year-old striker is one of the hottest properties outside The Premiership having scored 47 league goals in just 87 appearances for the club.
That has attracted the interest of a host of Championship clubs, with leaders Cardiff, Sunderland, West Brom, Norwich and Ipswich among those to register their interest.
Shrimpers chairman Ron Martin said last week that there is no prospect of Eastwood being sold this season and that he is hoping to negotiate a new long-term contract with his prize asset.
"If the chairman doesn't want to sell him then he won't sell him," said Tilson of his eight-goal top scorer.
"Freddy has done absolutely magnificently for this football club and January is a long way away so we'll see what happens."