Idrissa Gana Gueye is attempting to secure a move away from Everton to Paris St. Germain, but the Toffees are expected to reject any advances for the midfielder.
The Senegalese international has asked the club to allow him join the French champions this month, according to Sky Sports News.
PSG have already tabled a £21.5 million bid for the defensive midfielder, but the Toffees are expected to reject it and hold on to Gueye for the remainder of the season.
The Parisian club, who had been previously interested in buying Watford’s Abdoulaye Doucouré, may make an improved offer before Thursday’s deadline in the hope of securing his services.
Manager Marco Silva said they wanted to keep Gueye, but let in a chink of light as to the possibility of a deal:
“He is a really important player for us. He is one player we do not think to lose in this market.’’ Silva told the press ahead of his sides Premier League clash away to Huddersfield.
“Of course after some moments it can become a matter of money, but from my point of view he is a really important player for us.”
Gueye has been a key player for Everton this season, making 20 appearances in the Premier League.