Crystal Palace boss Neil Warnock is adamant that loan striker Freddie Sears will remain with the Eagles until the end of the year.
The 19-year-old West Ham frontman has not found the net in 12 outings for Palace, but Warnock retains faith in the highly-rated youngster, who has been linked with an early return to Upton Park.
He said: "They can recall him, but not until January."
Meanwhile, Warnock is hopeful of being able of bringing in a new striker in the January transfer window.
He told the Croydon Advertiser: "I don't think it's 100 per cent that no-one will be coming in during the transfer window.
"I'm still looking around for another striker. If I get a few of the fringe players out on loan then I think I can talk Simon Jordan into it.
"It's pretty clear that we could do with someone who can find the net on a regular basis."