Russell Slade believes Glenn Murray could remain with Brighton despite handing in a transfer request.
Murray has scored 19 goals in 38 league starts for the Seagulls and Slade regards him as one of the finest forwards in League One.
The 25-year-old has asked to leave the Withdean Stadium but Slade is determined to keep him and hopes he will stay.
"There is no doubting Glenn's quality," Slade told the club's official website. "In my opinion he is one of the best strikers outside the Championship and I don't want to lose him.
"I want him to be part of my squad for next season and am not under any pressure to sell players. Glenn's statistics show he is a 25 goals-a-season forward and he will be a massive asset for us next season.
"The club made a big investment in the player when he signed last year, and although I understand his reasons for submitting a transfer request, he still has two years left to run on his contract."