Birmingham City have received several bids for midfielder Olivier Kapo but the club is under no pressure to sell its prize assets, chairman David Gold has revealed.
Gold wouldn't reveal the identity of the interested parties but Wigan Athletic and Tottenham Hotspur have both been rumoured to be interested in the Ivory Coast-born France international in recent weeks.
Kapo has gone on record to say he is happy to stay at St Andrew's. "I like the project that the gaffer has in mind," he said before Blues's fate was sealed two weeks ago. "I want to stay here. I like it here. My family like Birmingham. For me, in my head, I am staying here."
Gold said the club did not have to sell its best players despite losing £25 million in income following their relegation, but manager Alex McLeish has warned that some players would inevitably have to leave to make way for more new signings.
Kapo, who signed for Blues from Juventus last summer for £3 million, made an instant impact in the Premier League by scoring a stunning goal on the opening day of last season at Chelsea.
More recently Kapo hit the headlines when he handed youth team player James McPike the keys to his £30,000 Mercedes as a souvenir after McPike had asked for a pair of his boots.
He only played 22 games during the campaign because of injury but his undoubted talent has attracted the attention of several clubs with former Blues boss Steve Bruce rumoured to be keen on taking him to the JJB Stadium.
Gold said: "We have received bids for Kapo but we don't need to sell him, and if we do we will replace him like for like," he said.
"We have a £25 million black hole following relegation, and we have to bear that in mind," he said. "The team that got us relegated is a squad that, in my opinion, is capable of getting us straight back up."
Gold said he had received hundreds of messages of support from Blues fans following his tearful confession that he was considering standing down as chairman after a section of the St Andrew's crowd called for the resignation of the Board. However, he has now found his enthusiasm once more and is particularly excited about manager Alex McLeish's plans for the future.
"One of the things that makes me feel posi-tive is the fact we have a quality management team," Gold said.