Diomansy Kamara will not be allowed to join Newcastle United, according to Fulham manager Roy Hodgson.
The Senegal international was linked with a switch to Tyneside during the summer but Hodgson wants to keep his squad together as they continue their quest for glory in the Europa League.
Kamara scored in Fulham's 1-1 draw against CSKA Sofia on Thursday in the Bulgarian capital, after which Hodgson said:"Diomansy took the goal very well. We've see him do that so many times.
"When he span away I was confident he'd get behind the defence and compose himself. It still wasn't an easy finish – it was on his left foot as well.
"It's once of those goals where you think 'open goal, he should score' – but I've seen many missed in my time.
"There's no truth in the stories that he's going to Newcastle. Just before the transfer window closed, Chris Hughton contacted me and asked if it was a possibility – and I said 'no'.
"Three or four days later, someone else at Newcastle asked our board if there was a chance they could take him on loan. We said no – because we need him for the European games."
Kamara has found the net 11 times in 49 appearances for Fulham since joining the club from West Brom in the summer of 2007.