According to Record, Everton’s offer of £17.3 million (€20 million) to Coventry City for striker Viktor Gyokeres was rejected.
The Portuguese outlet shared details on the Toffees’ unsuccessful bid on its online edition, as per the Liverpool Echo’s live blog [6 November, 07:58].
Everton had been strongly linked with Gyokeres in the summer window, but they were beaten to his signature by Sporting CP
Record claims that Everton offered a package of £17.3m, plus around £2.6m in add-ons, but Coventry were after slightly more in terms of the upfront payment.
The fact Gyokeres ended up joining Sporting for a reported £20m [Coventry Live, 13 July] shows just how close Everton were to matching Coventry’s valuation.
Everton then went out and signed Beto for a fee rising to £30m [BBC Sport, 29 August], so there was clearly money there to be spent.
It may well have been that Gyokeres had his heart set on a move to Sporting anyway, given they can offer European football, but this does look like one that got away for the Toffees.
Over the small matter of a couple of million pounds, Everton missed out on adding a prolific striker to their squad.