Birmingham manager Alex McLeish has quashed rumours the club may sell midfielder Sebastian Larsson in January rather than run the risk of losing him for nothing in the summer.
The Sweden international, whose deal expires at the end of the season, has been linked with a £2million move to Stoke when the transfer window opens.
"I wouldn't consider it unless it was a ridiculous offer," McLeish said. "I would certainly not contemplate it."
McLeish also warned domestic clubs not to tap up his player if negotiations drag into January.
He said: "English clubs can't court him in that period, and if they do then they are breaking the rules."
McLeish added that a contract offer is imminent, with the intention of getting Larsson to sign before January, when he is allowed to speak to foreign clubs.
"I think the club are talking to Seb and his agent," he said.
"There's a offer being made over the next couple of weeks.
"We want Seb to stay, no doubt about it, but at the end of the day it'll be up to the player himself."
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