Everton latest: Toffees miss out on transfer swoop for former Chelsea target

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Everton head into the international break having taken part in one of the most incredible games in recent Premier League history. The 6-3 home defeat to Chelsea was great for the neutral but not for Toffees boss Roberto Martinez, and despite right back Seamus Coleman scoring an own goal to put Chelsea 3-1 up in the game, Martinez says the Irish international is one of the best in the world at his position.

"He just grows month by month. He is a good example of a footballer with an incredible attitude and appetite for the game," the Spaniard said. "I haven't done anything to coax that out of him. He knows his potential. He plays in a demanding position which needs you to be so good in many areas. He's one of the best full-backs in world football."

That game against Chelsea saw Samuel Eto'o notch his first goal for the Toffees against his former club, with the Cameroonian legend coming off the bench to give Everton hope of a comeback against Jose Mourinho's side. The arrival of the former Barcelona and Inter Milan striker was lauded as a real coup for Everton, and left back Leighton Baines has hailed Eto'o's quality.

"From his first training session he looked sharp," Baines said. "I know it sounds stupid but even the way he passes the ball is done properly. He moves in the right way. It sounds like small things but he just looks a good footballer and he can't half finish as well. He'll always have that goal-scoring instinct. His movement will always be good. We've seen bits of it so far in training and then against Chelsea that he can make an impact."

Everton then had to turn their attention to deadline day, but it was a quiet one for Everton with no movement in or out of Goodison Park. However, the agent of Galatasaray winger Bruma has revealed that the Toffees had been looking to bring the 19-year-old to Merseyside. The Portuguese international was strongly targeted by Chelsea last summer, and Marco Kırdemir admitted that Everton were leading the race for his signature - but Galatasaray would only sell him rather than loan him.

"Sunderland wanted to loan Bruma in January," Kırdemir said. "However, he got injured a week later and the deal fell through. This summer Everton and Monaco wanted Bruma on loan, they had been keeping tabs on him for a while. Everton were very keen on signing Bruma, however, Ünal Aysal was not prepared to loan him out. The president made it clear that he would only consider bids for a permanent deal.

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