Sam Allardyce is unlikely to let Sandro Ramirez and James McCarthy leave Everton, despite other teams wanting to sign them in January, according to a report.
The Daily Mail claims that Allardyce was impressed by the pair when watching them play in a behind closed doors match on Tuesday.
Ramirez is being pursued by Malaga and Valencia, while McCarthy is attracting the interest of Crystal Palace.
Ramirez has played 14 times across all competitions this season for the Toffees and scored one goal.
McCarthy has featured less than Ramirez this season, with a hamstring injury keeping him out of action.
The midfielder has failed to appear in the Premier League this season, making only one appearance in the League Cup instead.
Football Insider Verdict
The duo must have really impressed Allardyce in Tuesday’s game to rule out selling the pair, as it been previously suggested the Toffees have to sell in order to buy. Ramirez looked destined to leave as he has struggled to settle in to the team since his summer move. Also the Malaga manager publicly stated that he wanted the striker back at the club. McCarthy’s exit being blocked is less surprising because he has previously been a useful player for Everton, even if he hasn’t played under Allardyce yet. Whether Allardyce’s opinions on the pair changes if a big enough offer comes in remains to be seen.