Southampton now plan to keep Jay Rodriguez after he was linked with a loan move to West Brom and Hull.
Southampton were considering letting him out on loan to get game time after spending so much of the last two seasons injured.
The forward, 27, scored his side’s late equaliser against Sunderland at St Mary’s yesterday and has made just 14 first-team appearances since suffering a knee injury in April 2014.
But, despite Southampton being close to signing Lille winger Sofiane Boufal for a club-record £21m fee, Rodriguez is now expected to remain at Southampton beyond Wednesday’s transfer deadline.
Southampton had been reluctant to let him go and were concerned about strengthening a rival for league position, but the player was not assured over regular first-team football.
Rodriguez has been with Southampton since 2012 when he joined in a £6m deal from Burnley