Joleon Lescott has been axed from Everton's squad for Thursday's Europa League play-off first leg against Sigma Olomouc at Goodison Park.
Lescott did not train with the first-team squad earlier on Wednesday following weeks of transfer speculation linking him with Manchester City, who have had two bids rejected for the defender.
Everton boss David Moyes said: "Joleon's attitude has not been right these past days, he has disappointed me and he has disappointed his team-mates. He is not in the right frame of mind."
But Moyes insisted he still does not want to sell the player, saying: "I hope this will all be sorted out, after the (transfer) deadline."
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