Stoke City boss Mark Hughes has laughed off rumours that Glen Johnson could exit the Bet365 Stadium this transfer window, as Sky Sports reported.
The well travelled boss was quoted as saying, "West Ham being linked with lots of players but he (Johnson) is playing and isn't going anywhere. We have the option to extend his contract and are comfortable with the situation."
West Ham United has been touted as a possible destination for the former England international, with the right back coming through the East London club's ranks as a teenager during his earlier years.
However, the latest statement from Hughes should squash any rumours linking the 32-year-old right back with a return to the Hammers, who are desperate to shore up their defensive ranks following a terrible first half of the season.
Johnson has been in good form the Potters and was even linked with a move to reigning La Liga champions Barcelona over the summer. Such rumours proved to be fruitless and Johnson has remained an integral part of Mark Hughes' defence.
The former Chelsea, Portsmouth and Liverpool man may be have been keen on returning to his boyhood club, but his wishes won't be granted by his current employers, at least not in this transfer window.