Spurs reject Everton's Livermore bid to avoid boosting Toffees' Champions League challenge
11:31 GMT, 9 January 2013
11:32 GMT, 9 January 2013
Everton's bid to sign Jake Livermore on loan has been rejected because Spurs will not strengthen one of their direct rivals for the Champions League places.
West Bromwich Albion, Reading, QPR and Norwich are also interested in the 23-year-old England midfielder who has been told he can only leave on loan this month because Andre Villas-Boas believes he has a long-term future at White Hart Lane.
Sticky situation: The Toffees have made a move for Livermore
Livermore started the season strongly, making his England debut against Italy in August and forcing his way into the first team before he underwent a hernia operation, which ruled him out for six weeks.
Sandro and Mousa Dembele have since established an excellent partnership and the return of Scott Park after six months out with an achilles injury will limit his chances but Spurs are keen for Livermore to acquire more Premier League experience.
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