Leeds United are set to resist offers for Tyler Roberts in January unless they secure a replacement, Football Insider understands.
The Wales international, 21, has made just two Premier League starts this season and struggled for game time following the arrivals of big-money signings Rodrigo Moreno and Raphinha.
He was the subject of summer interest from Derby County at a time when Leeds were in talks to sign Rodrigo de Paul from Udinese in a mega-money deal.
That eventually collapsed and is unlikely to be resurrected in the upcoming window.
A recruitment source has told Football Insider that Leeds are not looking to let Roberts go, either permanently or on loan, in January.
Only in the unexpected event of the Yorkshire giants signing an A-list replacement for forward is that likely to change.
At Leeds, Roberts has been used predominantly in a central attacking midfield position, although he has spearheaded the attack in emergencies.
The Welshman came off for the bench to play the last 16 minutes of last Friday’s 2-1 defeat against West Ham and was used at centre-forward.
That was his first match action in a month and it has been a stop-start campaign for the seven-times international.
Roberts has been in and out of the Leeds side since signing from West Brom in a deal worth up to £4m in January 2018.
He has suffered a series of major injuries and played only 62 times for United, scoring seven goals and supplying seven assists.