Spurs will not let midfielder move to Goodison Park, with race for Champions League tight.
Tottenham have rejected a bid from Everton for midfielder Jake Livermore because they do not want to strengthen one of their direct rivals for a place in the top four, reports the Daily Mail.
A host of Premier League clubs including West Brom, Reading, QPR and Norwich are reportedly interested in Livermore, who has been told he can leave White Hart Lane on loan this month.
The 23-year-old was handed his debut last season by former boss Harry Redknapp and went on to make over 30 appearances in all competitions.
Redknapp, now QPR boss, is keen keen to be reunited with the hard-working midfielder this month and the Hoops are understood to have lodged a formal bid.
Livermore started the season strongly, making his England debut against Italy in August, but has played just 8 minutes of Premier League football since October, with Moussa Dembele and Sandro impressing for Spurs in central midfield.
Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas reportedly believes Livermore has a long-term future at White Hart Lane but, with Scott Parker fit again and Joao Moutinho a target this month, the Portuguse is prepared to let the youngster leave on loan – but not to Everton.
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