MILLWALL have ruled out the possibility of Andy Keogh leaving The Den ahead of the emergency loan deadline this afternoon.
Keogh has not started a game for the Lions in over two months and was left out of the squad altogether for the victory over Barnsley last weekend.
But while clubs have expressed an interest in snapping up the Republic of Ireland striker, boss Steve Lomas has no intention of letting him go.
The 27-year-old's contract with Millwall expires next summer and he will need to be playing regularly if he is to force his way back into international contention, so it is doubtful he will remain in south London beyond the end of the season.
But, in the short-term at least, Keogh is likely to have an important role to play for the Lions over Christmas.
Chief executive Andy Ambler said: "We've had a couple of calls from lower-league clubs about our players and they've been dismissed. After 5pm we can't move players in or out until January, so we don't want to leave ourselves short.
"Clubs are asking about players who haven't been in our squad recently and Keogh has been one of them.
"But Martyn Waghorn is ineligible to play against Leicester on Saturday and his loan expires two weeks into December, so the opportunity is there for Andy to be more involved over the festive period. It doesn't make any sense for us to loan Andy out at the moment."
Lomas admits he is looking to make an addition to his squad before the window closes.
"We haven't got anything lined up as such but we're still looking about," he said.
"We've got such a crucial period coming up and we need the squad to be as strong as possible – it's the one time of year you don't want to leave yourself short.
"We're still looking at who is available but nothing is concrete. A lot of teams don't want to let players out at the moment.
"Karleigh Osborne's loan with Bristol City has been extended but with a recall clause. I'm mindful that the lads who haven't been playing want to go out, and if we do need them we can get them back."