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No way for Westwood

HAVING already promised that there will be no move away from the club for Seamus Coleman, Everton boss Roberto Martinez has insisted that Coleman's Ireland team-mate Keiren Westwood is not on his way to Everton.

This week has brought fresh claims that Manchester United are pondering a £20million bid for Donegal lad Coleman, one English newspaper reporting that the Old Trafford club planned to hold a HUGE meeting (whatever that means) this weekend to decide on a bid for the Everton star.

Martinez has stated that Coleman not leaving and he's also made it clear that a proposed bid for Westwood was not on the cards.

Westwood has revived his flagging career with that summer move to Sheffield Wednesday and with clean sheets from his last three Championship outings, the 30-year-old sparked reports of a move back to the Premier League, Everton linked as they are in the market for a keeper - but there will be no move to Everton.

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"No, there is no truth in that one," said Martinez when asked about Westwood.

"I'm not going to speak about any player that is registered with another football club.

"We're looking for a long-term addition for the goalkeeper position. It doesn't have to be done in January."

Westwood's career slumped in recent times when he lost his status as Ireland's first-choice keeper in the aftermath of the 6-1 loss at home to Germany on the World Cup qualifiers, while injury and loss of form reduced his opportunities at Sunderland and he was released by the Black Cats last summer.

But the move to Wednesday has seen Westwood come back to form and he will now try to challenge David Forde for the No. 1 shirt for the upcoming Euro 2016 qualifiers against Poland and Scotland.

Everton's Premier League rivals Stoke City are still in discussions with Glenn Whelan over a new deal for the Dubliner, who is out of contract in the summer.

The lack of progress on a fresh deal for the long-serving Whelan had raised fears of a January exit, with former Stoke boss Tony Pulis eager to bring Whelan to West Brom.

Talks have stalled because Whelan wants a longer-term deal but Hughes remains confident that a deal can be done.

"I think those discussions are on-going," Hughes reported. "Glenn knows our feelings on that.

"These discussions began at the beginning of the year and as the year has gone on that offer, in terms of duration, diminishes and the offer of an extra year becomes more important because we are halfway through one of those years we are offering.

"We are hopeful something will be concluded."

But one man who is frustrated by contract talks is Whelan's international team-mate Keith Andrews.

Under contract with Bolton until the end of the season, Andrews had been on loan to Watford but that deal ended after a falling-out with manager Slavisa Jokanovic.

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His former club MK Dons are keen on Andrews but the League One side fear they will be unable to afford the Dubliner, who has frustratingly been sidelined for nine weeks now.

"The way it is right now, Keith Andrews wants to play for MK Dons, or go back to Watford. And we believe Watford don't want him back there," said Doons manager Karl Robinson.

"He's got nowhere to train. So he's training on his own with our fitness coach, which he's legally allowed to do. He's constantly in contact with Watford and the FA, so they know his whereabouts. So he's in a bit of no-man's land at the moment. He's desperate to be here.

"It will be a financial matter. If we meet Watford's evaluation of him it can be done tomorrow, but we can't. We can't do what some teams can do. But I want to bring him here for the foreseeable future.

"I've been very respectful with Watford and they've been very respectful with me. We've had conversations on a daily basis.

"We don't want to upset the apple cart from their perspective."


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