Morgan Schneiderlin not for sale, Everton tell West Ham

Everton have told West Ham that midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin is not for sale, according to Sky sources.

West Ham wanted to sign Schneiderlin and were ready to pay £20m for the former Manchester United player, and Sky Sports News reported contact had been made between the two clubs on Monday.

But Sam Allardyce, who previously managed West Ham, has no intention of selling the midfielder.

The Everton boss does not want to reduce his midfield options further after losing James McCarthy for the rest of the season with a broken leg.

Schneiderlin has started eight of Everton’s last nine games in all competitions.

West Ham are without 14 first-team players and are working hard to sign a midfielder and a striker before Wednesday’s deadline.