Date: 17th August 2017 at 7:32pm
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By Abigail Withey 

Everton boss Ronald Koeman has failed to rule out a surprising move for Chelsea outcast Diego Costa during a press conference.

The 28-year-old striker has recently refused to return to the London club and has declared that Atletico Madrid is the only destination for him.

The Spanish forward fell out of favour with Chelsea manager Antonio Conte over the summer months after the boss text messaged the striker to tell him that he was no longer part of his 2017/18 campaign plans.

Since their public argument Costa has been training away from the Premier League champions and recently missed their pre-season tour.

Although the Spain international is keen to rejoin his former La Liga club in Madrid, he is unable to join the side until January 2018 due to their upheld transfer plan.

Speaking ahead of his side’s Europa League clash against Hajduk Split at Goodison Park, Koeman addressed speculation around a potential loan move to Everton for Costa.

The boss was asked whether his future signings would be permanent or temporary.

Koeman responded: “Is this about Costa?”

“Of course you like to sign players for the future,” he said during the media conference, as quoted by the Sun. “But if you can get the best one that way, then why not?”

“That’s for six months, the season, two years,” Koeman explained.

The Toffees manager stated that it was difficult as the club aren’t in the Champions League, but said that he would sign a top rated player or a young star who could grow.

“It’s difficult ­because it needs to be a quality player, or a young player who can develop or improve,” Koeman commented. “We have the possibility maybe to sign good players, but we don’t play in the Champions League – and that sometimes makes things very difficult.”

Koeman has focussed on strengthening his squad over the summer after he signed eight new recruits during the transfer window.

The Merseyside club had a successful first match of their Premier League campaign after they secured a 1-0 victory against Stoke City, with returning superstar Wayne Rooney firing home the winning goal.

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