Allardyce: Everton are in the dark as to why big-money Everton signing did not quit in Jan
By Richard Parks
Sam Allardyce has admitted that Everton are totally in the dark as to why Daavy Klaasen failed to join Napoli in the January window.
The Toffees manager expected the attacking midfielder to jump at the chance to join the Italian league leaders on loan for the rest of the season after been frozen out of the team at Everton.
Talks were advanced between Napoli and the player’s representative but collapsed on deadline day and the playmaker will remain at Goodison Park.
Allardyce admitted last week that Klaassen had been given the green light to find a new club for the rest of the season and is confused as to why he did not take it.
“‘Davy wants to play football, but whether he got the full story I don’t know, because I wasn’t involved with it,” said Allardyce, as quoted by the Daily Mail.
“I wasn’t involved in the negotiation because I was too busy with my players getting ready for the game.
“So you’d have to speak to his agent really, and find out why it didn’t happen, because I’m not sure as a football club we know.
“It was all down to the agent and Napoli really, that was the bottom line, it was nothing to do with us.”
Klaassen, 24, joined Everton last summer from Ajax for a fee of £24million but has struggled to live up to his transfer fee.
He began the campaign in the side under former manager Ronald Koeman but only four of his 13 appearances have come in the Premier League and he has not made the matchday squad for a league encounter since October.
However, Klaasen has found his opportunities limited at the club, making only 13 appearances this season.
In other Everton news, it can be revealed that West Ham made a last-day approach to sign a Goodison regular in the January window, which was not Morgan Schneiderlin.
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