St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright will be delighted to see out the season with his current squad and that includes John Sutton.
St Mirren were said to be keen on bringing back their former player, who has struggled to nail down a first team place at McDiarmid Park since arriving in the summer.
But Wright revealed that he has spoken with the centre forward to reassure him he is still in his plans.
“With the transfer window opening shortly it is the silly season in terms of rumours and speculation,” the Northern Irishman said.
“We have had it with Michael O’Halloran and I don’t mind that.
“But I haven’t spoken to Ian Murray for more than six months so I don’t know where this has come from.
“It’s a nothing story.
“Everyone wants to play and John is no different. We had a chat a couple of weeks ago that I initiated. He wasn’t knocking on my door.
“He understands the players that have come in are doing really well and that is making it difficult to get into the team.
“At the start of the season I wanted four strikers here. John is a great pro and I am delighted I signed him in the summer. He has been a good addition to the squad.”
Wright added: “I want to hold onto my players, I don’t want to be losing any of them, especially as we are coming into a period when injuries, suspensions and even the number of games is a factor.
“Come February 1 if I have held onto everybody I will be a happy manager. We are not in a position where we can say we are fourth so let’s go consolidate or have a big push to finish higher up the table.
“Like most managers, if we were to get one in I would probably have to get one out. We have players out on loan. But John Sutton is not one I want to be losing.
“I have been happy with his attitude, his application and I know he is ready. He has to take his chance when it comes.”