Everton manager Roberto Martinez has told reporters that he tried to sign Manchester United's unwanted midfielder Tom Cleverley on loan on the transfer deadline day.
Cleverley eventually joined Aston Villa, with the deal being confirmed 16 hours after the deadline had passed, but Everton had a keen interest in bringing in the 25-year-old.
Cleverley would've been good cover for England star Ross Barkley, who is out for two months with knee ligament damage, but Martinez has said that in hindsight perhaps Cleverley wasn't the right option.
Martinez told reporters: "Opportunities always arise on the last day of the transfer window, always, opportunities arise and we looked at a couple.
“I felt it was an opportunity for us to add a player to bring something different but at the end it wasn’t right. It didn’t work out.
It is not completely understood why the transfer broke down, but after it was rumoured that a permanent move to Villa Park was scuppered by the England international's insane wage demands of £80k-a-week, perhaps that was what ensured that Cleverley would not be wearing the blue of Everton this season.
Cleverley's long term future at Manchester United is uncertain, with the club having an abundance of players who can play centre midfielders, and with the Red Devils reportedly targeting Juventus's box-to-box midfielder Arturo Vidal, Cleverley could end up much further down the Old Trafford pecking order.