Bas Dost responds to future, amid Everton rumours

Sporting Lisbon's Dutch forward Bas Dost celebrates after scoring on a penalty kick during the Portuguese league football match CD Feirense vs Sporting CP at the Marcolino de Castro...

Everton are linked with a mega-money move for the in-form Dutchman.

Bayern Munich's Spanish defender Alonso (L) and Wolfsburg's forward Bas Dost of the Netherlands vie for the ball during the German Cup DFB Pokal second round football match between VfL...

Speaking to AD, Bas Dost has ruled out the prospect of leaving Sporting Lisbon this winter.

Speculation from The Sun had mounted that Everton were flirting with the idea of triggering the 28-year-old's £54 million release clause.

The Toffees badly need a striker after failing to replace Romelu Lukaku and the Dutch hitman netted 34 goals in 31 league outings for Sporting last season.

Sporting CP forward Bas Dost from Holland during the Five Violins Trophy match between Sporting CP and AC Fiorentina at Estadio Jose Alvalade on July 29, 2017 in Lisbon, Portugal.

But is he the answer for under-pressure manager Ronald Koeman? If Dosts's latest comments are anything to go by, no.

"I'm not waiting for a winter transfer at all. I'm excited at Sporting and I want to be a champion here. I'm not leaving in the winter break," he told Dutch newspaper AD when quizzed about the Premier League side's reported interest.

It was a rather unequivocal statement from the former Wolfsburg man, who does not seem to be entertaining the idea of leaving the Portuguese capital.

Sporting Lisbon's Dutch forward Bas Dost celebrates after scoring on a penalty kick during the Portuguese league football match CD Feirense vs Sporting CP at the Marcolino de Castro...

Such a message might well force the Dutch manager to explore other opportunities in January, if he's still on Merseyside.

With Everton 16th in the Premier League table after winning just seven points from seven games, his future at Goodison Park is far from secure.

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