Preston North End manager Alex Neil has described an enquiry for Daniel Johnson from Wigan Athletic as ‘silly’.
Wigan asked about taking the midfielder to the DW Stadium on a season’s loan but that request was turned down by PNE.
Whether Wigan maintain their interest and return with a cash bid for Johnson, remains to be seen.
Neil said: “I think there was an enquiry for DJ, it was quickly dismissed because it was silly.
“DJ is a good player for us and we want to keep good players.
“Listen, every player at every club has a price.
“The simple fact is if someone comes in with a big offer for any player, any club is within its right to look at it.
“However, we are not in the business of trying to end the window in a weaker position than we started it.
“I’m not going to let people go who I deem make us stronger.”
Although 26-year-old Johnson does divide opinion among the North End fan base, he remains a key member of the squad.
He and Paul Gallagher are options to be playmakers in a deeper midfield role next to Ben Pearson.
He had made 185 appearances in a Preston shirt since signing for a bargain £50,000 from Aston Villa in January 2015.
Last August he signed a new contract with North End which runs until the summer of 2021.