David Holdsworth has warned the vultures circling Lincoln City that his players won't be allowed to leave on the cheap in January, insisting: "We don't need to sell."
The Imps are on a high after extending their unbeaten run to nine games with Tuesday's superb FA Cup victory at Walsall.
And City's surge has not gone unnoticed with an increasing number of scouts watching Holdsworth's in-form side.
With the transfer window set to reopen in the New Year, it would be no surprise if Lincoln players were the subject of interest from rival clubs.
However, despite the club's well-documented financial limitations, Holdsworth insists he is under no pressure to sell.
The former Mansfield boss said City would only consider "intelligent" offers that would help take the club forward.
"There are some very good young players at the club. I believe they can get better and 30 or 40 games at this level will really benefit them," said Holdsworth.
"And, believe me, I know it is being recognised because of the number of scouts that were at the match the other night.
"I don't want to let them go. We certainly won't let them go cheaply because we don't need to.
"The budget can't get much smaller. We don't need to worry about that.
"If an offer came in for one of our players that was intelligent then we'd look at it. Every player has his price."
Holdsworth is now preparing for tomorrow's Blue Square Bet Premier clash with Hereford at Sincil Bank.
The Imps chief has hinted he could make changes to his side following the efforts of the extra-time victory at Walsall.
"We've got a few niggling injuries so today is the big day when we will see who is available," he said.
"We may have to freshen things up a little because it was as mentally draining for the players as it was physically."
Meanwhile, Holdsworth has confirmed the signing of former Hartlepool striker Adam Boyd on a short-term deal.