Everton and FC Twente had agreed an £8.6 million deal for highly talented midfielder Leroy Fer which could now fall through at the last moment.
The reason; a scan on Fer’s knee during his medical at the club revealed a problem, which could flare up and mean a lengthy spell on the sidelines with injury.
Fer was being tipped as the long term replacement to Maroaune Fellaini at Goodison Park and the move could still happen but the two clubs seem to have stalled over a restructure of the payment plan.
FC Twente are thought to want Everton to stick to the original agreement which is majorly a large cash for player transaction.
However, the medical revelations, according to the BBC, have caused Everton to seek a slightly different way of paying the £8.6 million in the form of appearance fees and other clauses.
Everton are quite within their rights to propose such a deal as a method of insurance against the chance they could shell out millions for a player only to end up paying him for being injured most of the time.
“Everton have additional requirements on the method of payment. Here we do not agree so it's stuck. We don't play that game here at Twente. They can come up with any demand they wish but we're not playing along,” said FC Twente’s chairman Joop Munsterman.
It’s remarkably similar to the proposed deal of Demba Ba originally going to Stoke City, which fell through when scans revealed that Ba has a knee structure problem which could result in a bad injury at literally any time.
It’s not the end of the world for Everton if the deal is off because they can still recover at the end of the season if any side does come in to sign Fellaini.
They will have the whole off season to find a similar replacement and the only thing they will be missing is some midfield cover over the rest of this current season.
Everton have apparently given FC Twente a deadline to accept the new payment plan of before kick-off in the club’s Premier League match against West Brom this evening.
It does look as though this deal is off the table with the amount of time left to sort out the details in the current transfer window but from Everton’s point of view, it’s not the end of the world.
Who do you think Everton should go after instead. Can they and should they persist with Fer?