Dedryck Boyata would be interested in a switch to Everton but does not want to join Bolton as part of a deal that could bring Gary Cahill to Manchester City, according to his father.
The Belgian defender has yet to establish himself as a regular member of Roberto Mancini's starting XI, having moved to Eastlands from Brussels as a teenager.
He is still regarded as a good prospect for the future and, at the age of 20, would love to continue his career at City.
However, Boyata recognises that getting more first-team football is of paramount importance at this stage of his development and plans to speak with Mancini.
If he is not given any guarantees then Boyata will consider other options and his father has welcomed news that Everton are reportedly keen.
However, Bienvenu Boyata says his son would be reluctant to link up with Bolton after reports suggested he could be included as a makeweight in City's bid to land Cahill.
"If Dedryck will get the promise from coach Mancini that he will get sufficient playing opportunities he will stay for sure," Bienvenu told Belgian newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws.
"There could be a deal made with Gary Cahill from Bolton, but Dedryck doesn't want to go to that club.
"Everton are showing interest in him as well, and they are very much an option for him."