Wigan Athletic chairman Dave Whelan has once again told Sunderland that Lee Cattermole is not for sale.
Former Latics boss Steve Bruce bought the midfielder from Middlesbrough last summer and is now keen to be reunited with him at the Stadium of Light.
Bruce said at the weekend that he had 'not given up hope' of signing England Under-21 international Cattermole but Whelan insists there is no chance of a deal being agreed.
He told the Evening Post: "Sunderland are wasting their time - and I've told them that. I said, 'Don't even bother bidding for him again'. Lee will be at Wigan this season.
"When I heard about the first bid from Sunderland, I said straight away to John Benson, 'He isn't going anywhere. He's staying here'.
"And Roberto (Martinez) agrees with me, so that's it. Finished.
"Lee wants to stay. He's happy here, he knows he's making progress here, and he wants to play under Roberto. It's out of the way as far as he's concerned."