Everton reportedly failed in a late bid to sign Andriy Yarmolenko according to the
The Blues had been heavily linked with the Dynamo Kiev midfielder this summer, but pulled out of negotiations last month as the talks hit a stalemate.
Not to be disheartened though, they sought further talks over the weekend, and were willing to meet Yarmolenko's release clause of €20million, around £14.5million.
However, Kiev reportedly became tough negotiators according to the Echo, with them suddenly demanding more money to get the move over the line before Tuesday's 6pm deadline.
That caused Everton to give up on a move for the Ukrainian star, feeling that it was becoming impossible to get their man. Indeed, it seems Kiev have hopes of selling their prize asset to one of Europe's top clubs in January should he perform well in the Champions League.
It seems they would have had trouble completing a deal had they managed to negotiate anyway, as the player was reportedly not completely sold on a move either.
The news is a big blow to manager Roberto Martinez, who had been hoping to secure a number 10 to boost his squad this summer, and Yarmolenko fitting that bill perfectly.
What is strange of course, is how despite being willing to match his release clause, they were not able to get a deal over the line, suggesting that Everton were looking for more a piece meal deal than paying in full.