According to a report in the Daily Mail, Everton are unwilling to sell Kevin Mirallas amid West Ham United interest and are confident of keeping hold of him beyond January.
Boss Roberto Martinez is said to be unwilling to allow any of his first-team squad to leave this month, even if the player has featured rather sporadically over the past few months.
Mirallas falls into that category, the Belgium international making just two Premier League starts thus far and a further eight league appearances coming off the bench.
With West Ham keen on bringing him in, Martinez is however said to dead set against the idea - even on a temporary basis.
“Everton have ruled out the prospect of letting Kevin Mirallas leave Goodison Park this month. The Belgium international has been frustrated by a lack of playing time and has attracted interest from Monaco and West Ham,” the report states.
Mirallas was once regarded as one of Everton’s most exciting players. However, he has struggled amid the increased level of competition for places within the squad this season.
The 28-year-old is out of favour, and with the European Championships on the horizon he will be desperate for more first-team action as he seeks a spot in Belgium’s 23-man squad.
The Toffees aren’t faring so well in the Premier League at present, a surprise considering Martinez has talents like Romelu Lukaku, Ross Barkley, Gerard Deulofeu and John Stones at his disposal.
The Hammers, in contrast, are performing much better but a small squad means the East London outfit are susceptible when facing the prospect of dealing with multiple injuries.