David Moyes insists there is no pressure to sell
David Moyes has insisted there are no plans to sell anybody at Everton during the January window.
Marouane Fellaini has been the subject of intense transfer speculation this month, as it emerged the Belgian midfielder has a buy-out clause in his contract.
According to Daily Star reports, Fellaini’s buy-out figure is higher than the reported £22m and can only be activated by Champions League clubs.
Sources in Belgium suggest a January move is unlikely because Fellaini is determined to repay Everton for the faith they have shown in him by helping them clinch a top-four spot.
And Everton boss Moyes has confirmed he is under no obligation to sell this window, despite the club’s £9m losses last season.
He said: “There is no pressure to sell (Leighton) Baines or Fellaini, nothing like that.
‘Things can happen quickly, albeit my plans aren’t to sell anybody.”
The Scot has also rubbished reports linking Victor Anichebe with a move to Premier League strugglers Reading.
The Nigeria-born, Crosby-raised striker has hit five goals in 13 games this season, and set up two during Monday night’s 5-1 FA Cup third-round victory at Cheltenham.
And Moyes insists he wants the 24-year-old to stay at Goodison Park.
“Anichebe to Reading? No, no truth in that,” Moyes told ESPN Soccernet. “We won’t be selling anyone if I have my way, that’s for sure. I thought Victor had a real go [against Cheltenham] and had some creative moments as well.”
Anichebe has made only 44 Premier League starts since breaking into the first team in 2006.