Southend have turned down an offer from Motherwell for Steven Hammell, insisting that the defender is not for sale.
The left-back only left the SPL side in June 2006, but Well boss Mark McGhee was keen to take the player back to Fir Park.
However, with the Shrimpers currently pushing hard for a place in the League One play-offs and hardly being blessed with the biggest squad in the division, club chairman Ron Martin is obviously keen to keep Hammell at Roots Hall.
"We have no interest in selling Steve, who is an important member of our squad," Martin told Southend's official website.
"Stevie has, I hope, a long-term future with Southend."