Joey Barton has made it clear that he wants to stay at Manchester City and does not want to speak to any other club.
Everton boss David Moyes made a bid of £5.5million for the midfielder but was informed by his Eastlands counterpart Stuart Pearce that Barton was not for sale.
And Barton said: 'I've stated on record I don't want to leave this football club. I'm happy; we are going in the right direction - and I've got a manager who believes in me.
'I'm settled and happy to play football for this club.'
Everton were busy on the transfer front yesterday, with David Weir joining Rangers until the end of the season.
The 36-year-old became Walter Smith's first signing since he returned to Ibrox for the second time as manager last week.
Weir told Rangers' official website: 'I have obviously had the pleasure of working with Walter before and I can't wait to team up with him at Ibrox.
'This is a terrific move for me at this stage of my career and I am eager to get started.'
Meanwhile, David Dunn is poised to make a £2.2million move from Coca-Cola Championship leaders Birmingham to Premiership Bolton.
Dunn moved from Blackburn to St Andrews in a £5.5million transfer in the summer of 2003 but the 27-year-old endured a serious back problem which affected his hamstrings - meaning he was ruled out for the best part of two years.
Although Dunn's former club Blackburn were expected to make a late counter-bid, Birmingham boss Steve Bruce expects the former England Under-21s international to move to the Reebok.
Bruce said: 'Dunny has already decided he is going down the route of signing for Bolton, and in any case Blackburn still haven't met our valuation of the player.'
Bottom side Watford have confirmed that Ashley Young has rejected a move to another Premiership club.
The Hornets revealed they accepted an undisclosed bid for the England Under-21s forward over the weekend - believed to be an an offer worth up to £9.65million from West Ham.
Chairman Graham Simpson told his club's website, watfordfc.co.uk: 'We have stated many times over that we have no need or desire to sell Ashley Young, or any of our players for that matter.
'However, having given due consideration to all of the factors, I felt that this offer was right for the club.'
The Hammers - whose revised offer was thought to have been £8million, with a possible £1.65million in add-ons - are now likely to turn their attention elsewhere.