CELTIC have failed in a loan bid for Everton midfielder Tom Davies.
The 20-year-old Goodison ace was a target for Hoops boss Brendan Rodgers in next month’s transfer window.
Lee Congerton, the Parkhead club’s Director of Football, was particularly keen on the England Under-21 international who hasn’t figured in the first team since the 2-1 win over Leicester City on October 6.
That alerted the Scottish champions and prompted an enquiry, but Merseyside gaffer Marco Silva has no intention of allowing his £25,000-per-week star to go anywhere.
Asked if he would permit his player to move in the New Year, the Everton manager replied: “No way. Impossible. Tom is part of our squad. He is an important player for me and an important player for us as a club. He is the present and the future of our club.
“I know Tom is not playing the last few games, but that is not his fault. It is because the players in that position are playing very well.”
Davies has made five only starts and one substitute appearance in the Premier League this season.
Silva named him as captain for the game against Arsenal in September before the youngster’s form shaded.
Rodgers is an admirer of Davies’ all-action style as he covers the midfield from box to box.
West Ham, too, have taken note of his situation and have been linked with a temporary transfer switch for the dynamo, but, like Celtic, they will be given no encouragement from Silva.