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DANNY CADAMARTERI'S future remains shrouded in mystery, with the Everton misfit linked to high-flying Burnley, and Stoke admitting that their move for the speedy marksman is floundering.

Cadamarteri has been told that he his current contract at the club will not be extended when it runs out in the summer, although the club insist this is for purely footballing reasons, and not connected to an incident in which the striker was charged with hitting a women in a fracas outside a nightclub.

Stoke have assiduously pursued the former England Under-21 star, but it appears that the second division is not the level that Cadamarteri sees himself playing at.

"We are not killing off the deal but is doesn't look to hot at the moment," football executive John Rudge admitted.

"We haven't been able to sell him the idea of dropping two divisions to rehabilitate his career and it is a pity because the move would have benefited both him and us.

"He's strong and has pace, so would have given us fresh options up front. We thought a short-term deal would have allowed him to look at us and us to look at him.

"Perhaps he feels there may be something better around the corner."

There are suggestions that that option is Burnley - who have had a fine start to the season, although it seems that no bid has been launched or contact made for a player currently without an agent.

Stan Ternent is a hard taskmaster at Turf Moor, well known for his dealings in the free transfer market, and Cadamarteri would have to ensure he toed the line should a move to the Pennines materialise.

Everton would certainly consider allowing the player to leave the club earlier, with a spokesman for the Toffees reiterating the club's stance for planetfootball.

"His contract is up at the end of the season and we will not be extending it," said the spokesman. "If a suitable club comes along before that then it something that Everton would definitely consider."