By Harvey Byrne
Dynamo Kiev president Ihor Surkis has claimed that Everton left it too late with a last-ditch bid for Andriy Yarmolenko on transfer deadline day.
It is understood that the Toffees’ failure to sign Moussa Sissoko from Newcastle, after the France international opted to move to Tottenham, prompted them to make a last-ditch bid to bring the 26-year-old Ukraine international to the club.
Kiev have revealed that they were happy to accept Everton’s bid for the winger, but the lack of time before the window shut made the deal impossible to complete.
“Everton submitted a bid for Yarmolenko one hour and 15 minutes prior to the deadline,” said Surkis as quoted in the Liverpool Echo.
“I was satisfied with the transfer price but we did not have time to even draw up a contract.
“I was satisfied with the offer as long as Andriy was. Transfer bids cannot be submitted that late.”
Everton failed in a similar deal for Yarmolenko at the end of the 2015 summer window.
The attacker still has four years left on his current contract after an impressive campaign last season scoring 19 goals and providing 13 assists in 34 encounters in all competitions.
He has also started the new campaign in a rich vein of form scoring two goals in his opening four games.
Koeman was keen to add to his attack in the recent transfer window, bringing in Yannick Bolasie and Enner Valencia from Crystal Palace and West Ham respectively.
In other Everton transfer news, Aymen Abdennour has revealed “financial reasons” were behind him staying at Valencia this summer.