Newcastle United striker Daryl Murphy's going NOWHERE next month, according to his former manager.
Murphy has only made two EFL Cup appearances for the club since making a £3million summer move from Ipswich Town.
There has been speculation in East Anglia that the 33-year-old could return to Portman Road on loan in the January transfer window.
But Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy has ruled out a move for the Republic of Ireland international, who had a spell on the sidelines with a calf problem.
McCarthy told the Green 'Un: "No. I say that speaking on behalf of Rafa (Benitez).
"If you’re going for promotion, it doesn’t matter what you’re spending on the players.
"If you look like you are going to earn zillions (by being promoted), why would you even consider getting shot of a player that might score you a winner at some stage?
“There’s no chance, no. He won’t be going anywhere.”
Asked if he regretted selling Murphy, McCarthy added: “No, I don’t – it was the right deal for the club.
“It was almost impossible (to stop) with him being 33, the wages he was going to be paid, the contract he was going to get and the club he was going to. It would have been hard to motivate him here after all of that.
“Yes, we’re missing him, but I remember when nobody was bothered whether we signed him or not.
“It’s a good deal for the club, and we should be able to reinvest that money at some stage to get another striker. We’ll see.”