Everton boss Frank Lampard has said the deadline for which he would consider selling winger Anthony Gordon has now passed.
Gordon was the subject of a £45m bid from Chelsea but scored in a second straight game, this time in the opener in the 1-1 draw at Leeds.
Lampard spoke of a deadline on Friday before the first of Gordon’s two goals – in a 1-1 draw at Brentford.
But after the Leeds result, he said he was “very confident” Gordon would stay.
Asked if he would now consider selling Gordon, the Everton manager added: “No, he’s too important a player and I think he’s shown his worth in the last two games.
“And now it’s two days [until the transfer window closes], what good would it do us to do anything with Anthony? Overall he is our player that we developed and there is a connection to him and the fans and vice versa.
“The interest was obviously there because he’s a top player and that’s why we really want to keep him.”
Gordon’s goal came before Luis Sinisterra’s equalizer as Leeds increased the pressure in the second half.
But Everton could have snatched victory late when Amadou Onana and Nathan Patterson both had great chances.
The visitors’ new £15m signing Neal Maupay was left on the bench despite the French striker joining the club on Friday.
Premier League rules meant he had to be registered before midday on a working day before a match, excluding Monday as it was a bank holiday.
Lampard revealed he had been preparing for the Leeds game with Maupay in mind, only to learn of his omission on Monday morning.
“It feels strange and disappointing. It denies us options in the game,” Lampard said.
“We signed him on Friday afternoon and because of the bank holiday weekend he’s not allowed to play on a Tuesday night, it seems like a long time. I didn’t realize that until late, so we prepared the game with Neil in mind. And then that changed, I didn’t have that option.
“I’m not telling the Premier League what to do because I would probably be turned away for that. But the reality is, who gets holidays anymore? Not me.
“The Premier League is the best brand in football and the best league in the world. We signed a player four days ago. Whether it’s a quirk of the rules, that’s likely to change now.”
Asked if he plans to add another striker in Dominic Calvert-Lewin before the window closes, Lampard added: “We’ll see. We’re not desperate, we’ve worked hard in this window. We need to – not rebuild – but add properly.”