Sampdoria have reportedly told Milan to forget about making a bid for Andrea Poli this month.
The Italian international midfielder, who spent last season on loan at Inter, is liked by the Rossoneri.
According to Sky Sport Italia market expert, Gianluca Di Marzio, the Diavolo have contacted Doria to express an interest.
The port club, however, have underlined that they intend to keep the central midfielder as they look to avoid relegation.
It is widely accepted that Italian champions Juventus will consider making an offer for the player at the end of the season.
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