Blackburn manager Paul Ince has declared that in-demand striker Roque Santa Cruz is not for sale.
Rovers turned a bid for the Paraguayan international from Manchester City, now managed by former Ewood Park boss Mark Hughes, on Thursday.
Ince has played down speculation that any of his players are about to be sold and believes that some rivals are deliberately trying to unsettle his squad.
“I’ve sat down with Roque and we’ve had a chat and the lad is happy to stay at Blackburn Rovers,” Ince told Sky Sports News.
“It annoys me because I think there are clubs out there who are trying to unsettle my players and it’s not something that I’m happy about.
“The likes of Roque and Steve Warnock, they’re all staying, I don’t want to sell my best players unless I want to sell them and Roque and Steve are two, definitely two players, that I don’t want to sell and they definitely won’t be sold.
“They’re staying, as far as I’m concerned that’s the end of the story.”
Ince also confirmed that the club are close to agreeing a deal with former England and Liverpool forward Robbie Fowler.
Fowler has been training with Rovers since mid-July and has impressed the manager.
Ince said: “Robbie’s done well. His last game was October last year, that’s a long time ago. He’s trained ever so well and he’s getting his sharpness back.
“Some of the things he’s done in the last three or four days in training have been mind-blowing. He’s still got it and he could be a very good asset for us if we decide to take him on.
“I’ll sit down with Robbie next week and the chairman and we’ll make a decision from there.”