Leeds United have ruled out the possibility of Rodolph Austin leaving Elland Road on transfer deadline day.

Austin, 29, has been heavily linked with a move to Championship rivals Wigan Athletic but the club have taken the decision to release a statement through their official website insisting the player has no desire to leave, despite "significant" interest in his services.

A statement from club chairman Andrew Umbers read: "There has been significant interest in the player and media reports over the weekend and on Monday had suggested that the club had agreed a deal for Rudy to exit Leeds United, but this is not the case.

"Rudy remains a vital part of Neil Redfearn's squad and will play a major part for Leeds United in the remaining 18 Sky Bet Championship matches and beyond. The midfielder has expressed a desire to remain at the club and help head coach Neil Redfearn make the season as successful as possible.

"The club are delighted that Rudy wishes to remain part of the club and the midfielder reported to Thorp Arch and trained with his team-mates as normal on Monday morning."

However, Leeds have allowed Michael Tonge to leave the club. The midfielder has left Elland Road to join Championship rivals Millwall on loan until the end of the season.

The Yorkshire club were hit with a transfer embargo in December after failing to abide by Financial Fair Play regulations but are still able to make additions to their squad.

The club are able to bring players in on a "one out, one in" basis, if the "costs of the player coming into the club is no more than whichever is the lower amount of: 75% of the equivalent costs of the player going out, or a maximum of £600,000 per annum (or pro-rata if signed on shorter contract)".