Heerenveen remain confident that Afonso Alves will stay at the club, at least until the end of the season.
The prolific Brazilian striker is reportedly a target of Manchester City, with compatriot Elano keen to see Alves join him in Premier League.
However, Heerenveen have not given up hope of retaining the player, who was given a five-match ban this week for hitting out at Vitesse Arnhem midfielder Remco van der Schaaf.
“The chances of Alves staying with us at the moment are still quite good,” said club director Yme Kuiper.
“The situation of Alves has changed again of course now that he can’t play games because of his suspension.
“We can only wait and see what happens in the near future, but so far we don’t have any signals that something will become concrete.”
Kuiper admits that Alves is unsettled, however, with the forward keen to play in England.
He said: “In the summer he said that he wanted to play abroad and especially England was his preference.”