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Confirmed: Koeman emphatic decision on reported £10.4m Everton deal

By Amir Mir

Everton manager Ronald Koeman has confirmed that they have ended their interest in Standard Liege striker Ishak Belfodil.

The Daily Mail claimed in their transfer blog on Monday evening (6.04pm ) that the player’s management wanted to call off the deal because “another agent Christophe Henrotay became involved”.

It was said at the time that the Algerian was meant to sign for Everton for a fee of £10.4million.

Now, Toffees boss Koeman has confirmed that the deal for the 25-year-old is off because he is left “unconvinced”.

Here is Time’s correspondent Paul Joyce posting Koeman’s comments on the Belfodi transfer on his personal Twitter account.

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“It was one of the players on the list,” said Koeman. “But we took the final decision not to sign the player.”

Football Insider verdict:

Everton should not be too fussed about missing out on Standard Liege striker Ishak Belfodi. First of all, he is an unknown quantity, therefore, he is not guaranteed to be a success in England. The price asked for him is a little high for someone who is most likely not known on Merseyside. Instead, Ronald Koeman should focus on bringing the best out of star striker Romelu Lukaku and youngster Ademola Lookman. The Toffees can do with some more attacking threat, but more than likely, they require a player who can create and play on the wing. The injury of Yanick Bolasie has left a void on the left-hand side of attack and Koeman should look to add quality in that department rather than search for another striker.

In other Everton transfer news, the Toffees and Arsenal are in a battle with this goalscoring winger who is out of contract in the summer. 

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