West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Mowbray has dismissed speculation that his top scorer Diomansy Kamara might be on his way this summer if the Baggies fail to win promotion.
A relieved Mowbray saw Kamara return to the scoresheet on Monday after a seven-game run without a goal, the Senegal striker hitting his 22nd goal of the season. And the Albion boss admitted: "I would be very surprised if he wasn't being coveted by a lot of clubs because he is a very talented player."
But Mowbray also pointed out that it would take silly money for Albion to even consider parting with a contracted player whose sudden blossoming in front of goal in the immediate wake of Bryan Robson's September departure has effectively provided the backdrop to the Baggies' entire season.
"Let's wait and see," said Mowbray, ahead of tonight's home clash with Sheffield Wednesday. "But I can't imagine Joe is going anywhere in the summer, along with one or two others that have been speculated about. The ones who leave will be the ones we decide are good business for this club.
"Ronaldo is being coveted by Real Madrid. But I can't see him making that move in the next year or two. Why won't it happen? Because he has got a contract with Manchester United.
"Is it the same with Joe? What do you think? We will decide if it is right for the football club. If not, they can speculate all they want really, whether it's media, agents, it doesn't matter.
"Players sign contracts in good faith, we pay money in good faith, we expect 100 per cent on a football field in good faith and that's the way contracts work. And people will only leave the club if we think it is right for them to leave the club.
"It amuses me when I read speculation about 'this player will be off' when I know they've got three years left on their contract.
"They are within their rights to let contracts run down and walk away for nothing. But while they are under contract, if we want to keep them, they will stay here and play football for us.
"We will hang on to everyone we want to hang onto and listen to offer for players we might want to listen to offers for."
One Albion player sure to command a decent fee if ever he came on the market is Curtis Davies, who is resigned to missing the rest of Albion's Championship run-in after suffering a broken bone in his foot for the second time this season a month ago.
But, if the Baggies do make the play-offs and Davies recovers with the same speed as he did when he suffered a similar broken metatarsal injury in August, then Albion certainly have not seen the last of him this term.
Quick-healer Davies is understood to have resumed his rehabilitation work, on the exercise bike.
He took seven weeks to recover from his first foot injury in the early autumn (compared to an original ten-week estimate) and if he maintains an equally speedy recovery rate this time, then he would be on course to give Albion a huge boost by figuring on the final weekend of the league campaign on May 6.
Davis is targeting both the play-offs and a place in the England Under-21 squad for the European Championships in June.