Newcastle boss Glenn Roeder has warned Premiership clubs not to try to lure skipper Scott Parker from St James' Park.
The 26-year-old England international, who scored the Magpies third goal in the 3-1 win over Tottenham on Saturday, is the subject of speculation that he could be involved in a swap for West Ham's Nigel Reo-Coker.
However, Roeder has insisted the £6.5million signing is going nowhere.
He said: 'This talk looks as though it is coming out of East London and it is an attempt to unsettle Scott.
'This makes me angry, but when I read that stuff on Sunday morning, I took it as being nothing more than a joke.
'I did not make Scott Parker my captain to succeed Alan Shearer as the leader of this club to sell him.
'I can see Scott Parker being captain of Newcastle for many years to come.'
Roeder and chairman Freddy Shepherd have drawn up their wish-list for the January transfer window, and while they have admitted their interest in Southampton full-back Gareth Bale and Derby midfielder Giles Barnes, they have been more guarded about their interest in Liverpool striker Peter Crouch.
However, Roeder has dismissed claims that Lyon's Norwegian international striker John Carew is a target.
He said: 'One of my best friends in football management is Gerard Houllier at Lyon and if I was interested in signing John Carew, he would have been the first one I would have talked to.
'Well, I have not talked to Gerard because I am not interested in Carew.'
Roeder has been scouring Europe for reinforcements and is looking to bring in three or four new faces with defenders and a striker his priorities.