Bas Dost is a wanted man, with Everton said to be interested in signing the forward.
Everton transfer target Bas Dost has categorically ruled out a move to Goodison Park in January, stating he will not be leaving current club Sporting CP because he wants to become a 'champion'.
There had been speculation that the Toffees were toying with the idea of meeting the 28-year-old's £58m release clause during the upcoming transfer window in the hopes of them finding a replacement for summer sale Romelu Lukaku.
It has come as little surprise that since the Belgium international's departure, and the lack of any out-and-out replacement recruited, the Blues' goals have dried up - netting just four times so far this term compared to the 11 they had converted at this stage last season.
There has also been a number of reports regarding Everton boss Ronald Koeman's dissatisfaction with the Goodison hierarchy for their lack of proactivity in bringing in a successor for the now Manchester United frontman.
It was hoped that Dost would finally be the answer to the Dutchman's goalscoring woes, and the 54-year-old was willing to splash the cash in order to secure the ex-Wolfsburg striker.
However, during an interview with Dutch media, the Netherlands international unequivocally stated he has no intention of leaving Portugal for the Blues this winter due to the fact he wants to be a champion.
"I'm not waiting for a winter transfer at all", the attacked told newspaper AD. "I'm excited at Sporting and I want to be a champion here. I'm not leaving in the winter break."
Everton are yet to win a domestic trophy since their FA Cup success 22 years ago, and have not tasted success in the top-tier of English football for over 30 seasons.
In addition, the fact that the north west club currently lie just two points above the relegation zone, already 12 points behind Manchester City after just seven games, it does not look like the Blues are not the place to be for Dost if he is keen to claim silverware at the end of this campaign.