Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp admits he would love to sign Chelsea winger Mohamed Salah but has confirmed Jose Mourinho is not willing to part with his player in January.
Salah, 22, moved to Stamford Bridge in January 2013 despite Liverpool's prolonged efforts to sign him but has been a marginal figure at the club this season.
After just three appearances for the Blues this term, the Egyptian became one of a small group of players to be linked with a move away from the club mid-season alongside the likes of Andre Schurrle and Petr Cech who have also struggled for game time.
Inter Milan have been credited with strong interest in taking Salah on loan for the remainder of the season while Redknapp was interested in keeping the player in the Premier League, but is doubtful any deal will take place.
When asked if he would take the Chelsea winger, the QPR boss responded: "Of course I would take him. But he's not available."
Given Chelsea's wealth of attacking options, Salah has largely been reduced to roles off the bench and has seldom taken those chances to force himself into the first team.
The former Basel star has played a total of 30 minutes of Premier League football across three games having started just one game in the Champions League – Chelsea's final group encounter with Sporting Lisbon where qualification was already assured.
But despite the player's peripheral role, Mourinho insists Salah remains part of his plans this season as Chelsea pursue success in four competitions.
"Salah is a player we like, we trust and he is part of our plans," Mourinho told reporters. "He is not going anywhere. He doesn't go, for sure. Maybe he moves house. Maybe he moves house, but not club."