David Moyes has confirmed at his press conference this afternoon that Sunderland want to keep Patrick Van Aanholt.
Van Aanholt has been lined up as a target by Crystal Palace, and the London side submitted a £7 million bid yesterday (The Telegraph).
Palace feel that Van Aanholt would slot straight into their first-team, but Moyes insists that Sunderland do not want to lose the former Chelsea man.
MOYES: "I want to keep all my good players and build. @pvanaanholt is a really important player for us. He's done very well."— Sunderland AFC (@SunderlandAFC) January 13, 2017
Palace want the 26-year-old defender as he is a player who Eagles boss Sam Allardyce knows well.
Allardyce linked up with Van Aanholt at the Stadium of Light last term, and got the best out of the Dutch defender.
Sunderland are thought to have minimal funds to invest in their squad over the January transfer window, and there were suggestions that Moyes could offload a star to raise some money to spend.
However, it seems that Sunderland are determined to keep the bulk of their team together, with the Black Cats also rejecting bids from West Ham United for Jermain Defoe recently.