Noel Whelan failed to accept that Moise Kean did not realise he was breaching lockdown last month and insisted he would sell the Everton striker at the first opportunity.

The former Leeds United striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, claimed the 20-year-old showed “a lack of respect” and even six-year-olds has grasped the guidelines set out by the government amid the Coronavirus pandemic.

The Toffees were appalled by the actions of their summer signing last month after he was videoed partying at his Cheshire home in spite of the Coronavirus pandemic.

The Athletic revealed on Friday, from an interview with a club source, that the Italian forward “did not realise he was breaching the rules”.

Whelan refused to accept that Kean did not grasp the gravitas of the lockdown given COVID-19’s global impact.

“I am not buying any of that,” he told Football Insider.

“You know the protocol, it is on the news. Your football club and the government have given you instructions.

“Everyone knows – even six-year-old children know. Surely he is not that thick.

“It is just an excuse and a poor one. It is a lame excuse. He is trying to pass the blame.

“The whole world understands. England was later than Italy. It just shows a lack of respect. I do not like that.

“He has a lot to learn. If I was the manager he would be out straight away, without a shadow of a doubt. If a club comes in, I would take the offer straight away.”

The Toffees fined the player for his actions and the player reportedly apologised to manager Carlo Ancelotti at the first opportunity.

Kean arrived at Goodison Park from Juventus in August but has so far failed to justify his £27million price tag having only scored once in 26 appearances this campaign.

In other Everton news, Darren Bent has tipped sought-after Premier League midfielder to make summer switch.