Wolverhampton Wanderers are hoping that Kenny Miller's appearance on their preseason-trip to Spain this week has ended speculation about his future.
The Scottish international striker, who has been the subject of two seven-figure bids from Sunderland this summer, was excused the first week of pre-season training last week at Lilleshall.
And, having spent all of last season on the transfer list, Wolves remained fearful of losing a player whose contract at Molineux expires at the end of the coming season.
But Sunderland remain the only club to have shown serious interest and the fact that Miller is now in Spain preparing for a new season with Wolves, while the Wearsiders are set to go off on tour to North America next week, indicates an end to that transfer trail.
"There hasn't been a third bid from Sunderland and we don't expect one," said chief executive Jez Moxey last night.
Wolves are looking to Miller to recapture the scoring form that has seen him top their goal charts for two of the past three seasons. But they also need another star performer of their promotion season three years ago, Joleon Lescott, to be at his best.
And yesterday they played down reports of a trainingground injury picked up by the man who missed the whole of Wolves ' year in the Premiership.
Lescott has been forced to miss the last two days of training at Lilleshall last week, again with a knee problem. But he has flown to Southern Spain with the rest of Wolves' 36-man squad and was back in action yesterday at their training camp outside Jerez.
"When the players reported back to Lilleshall last week, Jo was feeling a little tightness around the knee," said manager Glenn Hoddle. "Rather than risk him, we pulled him out for treatment.
"Hopefully, it isn't anything that's too serious, but we decided to err on the side of caution.
"It's important he is fully fit for when the season begins and I want any problems sorted out now rather when the real stuff kicks off in August."
Meanwhile, veteran defender Steve Staunton has turned his back on a third season with Coventry City. Staunton's whereabouts next season remain a mystery, but it is clear that it will not be at the Ricoh Arena, after the 36-year-old Irishman failed to report for pre-season training at Stratford this week.
"We were disappointed that Steve did not come back to us," said Coventry boss Micky Adams. "But these things happen. He's still been a great pro for us."
Staunton is the only one of the ten out-of-contract players Coventry had at the end of last season who has not agreed a new deal.
Seven have so far put pen to paper, while Richard Shaw and Trevor Benjamin are expected to re-sign this week.