Everton have insisted Andy Johnson will not be going anywhere this summer and denied reports claiming West Ham have submitted a bid for the former Crystal Palace striker.
Newspaper reports had suggested Hammers’ boss Alan Curbishley was ready to pay £13million for the player and could be prepared to go even higher.
However, Everton have been issued a statement warning off any potential interest.
“We have had no contact from any club with regard to Andrew Johnson – nor would we welcome any,” Chief Executive Keith Wyness told the club’s official website.
“Whilst I feel certain there will be many Premiership clubs who will covet a player of Andrew’s skills and abilities, he is an Everton player and, as he made perfectly clear on several occasions last season, he is very happy to be an Everton player.”
Johnson enjoyed a fine debut season for Everton, scoring 12 goals to help Everton qualify for next season’s Uefa Cup.
He also broke back into the England squad after being left out of Sven Goran Eriksson’s World Cup squad.