Frank Baumann claims there's no chance of Everton signing Thomas Delaney in January

Leicester City's Danny Drinkwater in action with FC Copenhagen's Thomas Delaney

Werder Bremen will refuse to sell midfielder Thomas Delaney to Everton, according to sporting director Frank Baumann.

Werder Bremen's sporting director Frank Baumann has told Bild that there is no chance of Everton signing midfielder Thomas Delaney in January.

With midfielder Idrissa Gueye heading off to the Africa Cup of Nations in January, manager Ronald Koeman will be keen to bring another midfielder to the club in the upcoming transfer window – especially with Gareth Barry now approaching 36.

Scotland's Matt Ritchie in action with Denmark's Thomas DelaneyScotland's Matt Ritchie in action with Denmark's Thomas Delaney

A number of players have already been linked ahead of January, but a recent report suggested that Everton could move for a player who hasn't even played for the club they'd be buying him from.

The Mirror reported last weekend that Everton wanted Danish midfielder Thomas Delaney, who is leaving Copenhagen for German side Werder Bremen in January.

FC Copenhagen's Thomas Delaney during a press conferenceFC Copenhagen's Thomas Delaney during a press conference

It was claimed that manager Koeman had sent his brother Erwin to watch Delaney in Champions League action against Porto, ahead of a possible move to try and sign him in January.

The 25-year-old, who captains Copenhagen, has made 11 appearances for the Danish national team, and should be a key player for Bremen once his Bundesliga career begins in early 2017.

Leicester City's Danny Drinkwater in action with FC Copenhagen's Thomas DelaneyLeicester City's Danny Drinkwater in action with FC Copenhagen's Thomas Delaney

Everton may be hoping to tempt Bremen into selling Delaney before he even gets started at the Weserstadion, but sporting director Frank Baumann has commented on the situation, suggesting there is no chance of Everton signing Delaney in January.

Baumann told Bild that they don't want to make money off Delaney, they want him to play and improve the team, and he will definitely play for Werder in January, with no chance of him leaving the club for Everton or any other club.

"For us this is not an issue,” said Baumann. “We do not want to make a profit, but we want to strengthen the team with him. There is no discussion at all! In the summer there was already interest from England, but Thomas wanted to join us. Nothing has changed about that. He will be at Werder from January!” he added.

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