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Everton made late Jan offer to sign French midfielder but didn’t receive response – report


The drama of January was more than enough for Everton fans but they could have had one more signing as they made an offer for Fenerbahce midfielder Miguel Crespo, according to Sporx.

It all came down to who the Toffees hired as manager as Vitor Periera had an interview with the club before Frank Lampard was offered the job [90min].

The Portuguese coach was keen to sign 25-year-old Crespo from his former club Fenerbahce had he been given the role but when Everton made an offer, the Turkish club didn’t respond.

La Liga giants Atletico Madrid also made a bid for the French player, one which would have been a loan-to-buy for a grand total of £9.3million, but they too failed to complete the deal.

Crespo only joined the Turkish outfit in the summer from Liga NOS side Estoril so it seems they were keen to keep hold of him for more than six months.

Pereira and Crespo may have done good things at Goodison Park had things worked out differently but it appears that the best scenario has played out.

Rather than the 25-year-old, the Toffees brought in much bigger household names in Donny van de Beek and Dele Alli who both have plenty of Premier League and European experience.

Whatever Crespo may have brought to Everton, the two aforementioned signings can do it too and then some, they are simply better players.

Farhad Moshiri and Bill Kenwright had to appoint Lampard in order to get the duo as they seemed unconvinced by Pereira after his explosive interview with Sky Sports [via Fabrizio Romano].

What has eventually played out is, indeed, the best thing that could have happened to the club after such a turbulent month and season in general where they can now look ahead to good times with Lampard at the helm.