Wolverhampton Wanderers chief executive Jez Moxey is optimistic that club captain Paul Ince will stay despite interest from Championship rivals Sheffield United.
The 37-year-old former England international, who has been at Molineux for three seasons, is out of contract this summer but Wolves manager Glenn Hoddle is anxious to retain his midfield talisman and Moxey expects Ince, signed on a free transfer from Middlesbrough in August 2002, to extend his stay.
Moxey said: "Negotiations with Paul are continuing and everything appears to be going smoothly. He has given every indication that he is planning to conclude a deal with us."
Moxey also confirmed yesterday that the club had earned an extra £115,000 by virtue of Shaun Newton helping West Ham United to promotion.
Newton left Molineux in March for only £10,000, but Wolves are due a considerable bonus after the midfielder helped Alan Pardew's side return to the Premiership in Monday's play- off final against Preston North End.