I ask my question by the following example:

A: Would you like tea or coffee? B: I don't want either.

Can we say the following instead of the above one?:

A: Would you like tea or coffee? B: I want neither.

In the grammar book isn't mentioned about it.

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Yes, you can say it, but I don't think it's very common in that context, perhaps because if you're refusing something you do usually want to use a negative verb.

In general, I find neither in subject position pretty normal, but in other positions it's a little bit stilted, compared to either and a negative verb.

Neither he nor his brother wanted to be involved.

I saw neither the manager nor her assistant

(object position - a little bit stilted compared to:)

I didn't see either the manager or her assistant.

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