Roy Keane has revealed that he has turned down a host of offers for in-form striker Daryl Murphy.
The 24-year-old has since earned a call-up alongside team-mates Liam Miller and Paul McShane for the Republic of Ireland squad for next Wednesday's friendly against Brazil and Black Cats boss Keane is adamant he will not be letting him go as the transfer deadline looms at midnight on Thursday.
"Murph's going nowhere," Keane told the Sunderland Echo.
"We're always looking for positives and Murph is certainly one of them. From the day I first arrived in the job here, we've had lots of inquiries for him.
"Sometimes other clubs make your decisions for you because if they're always asking then you think the player has something about them.
"Last year we were still sussing players out and he did well for us.
"He's a good lad and a good professional. He's in the next Irish squad and is getting his rewards with a run of games. He's taking his chance in the side."