Everton turn to Negredo after Fer deal breaks down

Everton will move for Sevilla striker Alvaro Negredo after seeing the proposed signing of FC Twente midfielder Leroy Fer collapse, while summer target Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe could again be the subject of interest from manager David Moyes, the Daily Mirror has reported.

Fer had looked set to move to Goodison Park until his pre-transfer medical raised concerns over a past knee injury, with Everton then asking Twente to renegotiate the terms of the deal. When the request was refused the move broke down and Fer returned to the Netherlands.

Not to be deterred, Everton are understood to have lodged a bid for Sevilla’s Spain international centre-forward Alvaro Negredo. The Seville-based club are said to value Negredo at close to £13m but are in serious financial trouble and could be willing to sell for less. Tottenham Hotspur are also said to be interested in the 27-year-old.

Moyes could still land a midfielder on transfer deadline day as a loan move for Odjidja-Ofoe has a chance of being resurrected. The Belgian was supposed to join on loan on August’s transfer deadline but the paperwork was completed too late by his club, Bruges.

Everton on Wednesday night moved within two points of fourth-place Tottenham Hotspur, a brace from Leighton Baines enough to see off West Bromwich Albion at Goodison Park while the London club could only draw with Norwich City.

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