Everton tabled last-gasp £66m swoop for striker with stunning goalscoring record - report
By Abigail Withey
Everton submitted a last-gasp £66 million bid for Chelsea reject Diego Costa in the final days of the transfer window, according to a report.
Spanish news outlet Marca has claimed that the Toffees approached the Premier League champions in order to sign the 28-year-old star as a final addition to their squad.
The Spanish media outlet claims that the Blues received the same answer as all of the other clubs because Costa had his sights set on moving back to Atletico Madrid.
This news comes shortly after the BBC revealed that the centre-forward had secured a move to his desired club as Chelsea agreed terms with the La Liga side.
He won’t be moving to the club until January as the Spanish outfit have a transfer ban which ends in the new year.
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Costa has a stunning goalscoring record in the Premier League, having scored 52 goals in 89 appearances in the English top-flight with Chelsea.
Football Insider verdict
Despite their hefty bid for the Chelsea star, Ronald Koeman should have known that Costa wouldn’t have moved to the Merseyside club this season. The bid may have been a last ditch attempt from the manager to secure an experienced replacement for Romelu Lukaku after he left to join Manchester United. The Toffees boss will be kicking himself for not securing another forward in the transfer window as Sandro Ramirez is yet to score his first goal for the Blues. The void left by Lukaku is still very prominent and there’s no doubt that the Dutch manager will be looking to secure another striker as soon as the window opens in January.
In other Everton news, Robbie Savage has blasted Toffee fans after their treatment of manager Koeman.