Barnsley cool Everton link for Howard

Barnsley have moved swiftly to quash rumours that reported Everton target Brian Howard wants to quit Oakwell.

It had been widely speculated over the weekend that the 24-year-old midfielder had handed in a transfer request after hearing of potential interest from David Moyes, but both club and player have vehemently denied the reports.

Barnsley chief Simon Davey told the club's official website: "Brian has not - in any way - requested a transfer from Barnsley Football Club."

And Howard confirmed: "I signed a two-year contract in the summer and I'm going nowhere.

"My future is here at Barnsley Football Club. You cannot pay any attention to what you read in the papers."

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