According to Record, Everton’s offer of £17.3 million (€20 million) to Coventry City for striker Viktor Gyokeres was rejected.
Details of the Toffees’ failed bid were revealed by the Portuguese publication on its web platform, according to the Liverpool Echo’s live blog [6 November, 07:58].
Sporting CP overcame Everton to sign Gyokeres during the summer transfer window, despite Everton’s close links with him.
According to the record, Everton made a bid of £17.3 million plus an additional £2.6 million, but Coventry demanded a little bit more up front.
Lost out on
Gyokeres’ eventual £20 million transfer to Sporting [Coventry Live, July 13] indicates how near Everton was to matching Coventry’s asking price.
Evidently, there was money to be spent because Everton moved on to sign Beto for a cost that eventually increased to £30 million [BBC Sport, August 29].
Given that Sporting can provide European football, Gyokeres may have been set on moving there otherwise, but it appears that the Toffees lost out on this one.
The Sweden international scored 33 goals last season in the Championship and assisted on another nine. He has maintained this success at his new club, contributing to 10 goals directly in nine Primeira Liga games in addition to two goals in the Europa League.
For the pitiful sum of a few million pounds, Everton lost out on bringing in a productive striker.