New Burnley manager Eddie Howe has told Everton to forget about bidding for Chris Eagles.
Howe signed a three-and-a-half year deal at Turf Moor yesterday, after moving from Bournemouth, and immediately issued a 'hands off' warning to the Toffees.
Everton manager David Moyes had planned to swoop for Eagles as a replacement for the outgoing Steven Pienaar.
Chelsea and Tottenham both wanted to snap up Everton's South African midfielder, with White Hart Lane his preferred destination.
Eagles, 25, has scored eight goals this season and is primed for a return to the Premier League where he started his career with Manchester United.
But Howe, 33, said: 'We want to keep all our good players here.
'If we want to be strong we have to keep our best players.'
Howe started his first day at work begging not to be compared to former Clarets boss Owen Coyle.
Scot Coyle was similarly youthful when he took charge at Turf Moor and guided Burnley into the Premier League.
New boy: Eddie Howe, who moved from Bournemouth, has insisted that he is is 'own man' and not like Owen Coyle
Howe said: 'People have made those comparisons but I am my own man. I will do things my way and be judged on how I do the job.
'The comparison is that we are both young managers and Owen was very successful. I would like to match his success. That is for sure.'
Howe's debut match as Burnley manager is at Scunthorpe on Saturday.
The fixture is the first of five away games in his first six matches in charge.
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