Burnley manager Sean Dyche has refused to be drawn on the speculation surrounding the future of Danny Ings, but can't rule out a potential January exit for the in-form striker.
Ings, 22, has scored four times in his last five Premier League after returning from a hamstring injury, following a 2013-14 season in which he netted 21 Championship goals to help Burnley seal promotion.
A former Southampton trainee, the England Under-21 international is out of contract next summer and has been linked with a return to the Saints over the past week, with Ronald Koeman keen to add more firepower to help ease the burden on Graziano Pelle.
Dyche wouldn’t be drawn on specific links to his star front man, insisting that he is happy at Turf Moor, but did concede that interest from top-flight rivals was inevitable.
“It is what it is,” he told Sky Sports News HQ. “It’s a situation that happens across the market in every division. Players have a right to do what they want to do, and we just try to keep an open communication with them and their agents.
"I can say at this moment in time that he’s a Burnley player. He wants to be a Burnley player and you can obviously see that with his goals.
“Who knows what the future will bring? That’s the nature of the business. All I know is that he’s enjoying what he’s doing and we’re enjoying having him here.”
Burnley, currently 19th in the table, host Alan Pardew's revitalised Newcastle United on Tuesday night, and Dyche is looking to Ings to keep his impressive run of form going.
"He's a good young player," he said. "He will obviously improve from the challenge upon us probably more so in a team like us as its not always easy.
"Strike-play becomes very important. Not just scoring goals but the other side of it. Getting hold of the ball, dealing with the ball, keeping possession, making different runs and movements, he's learning all of that."