Everton Cancel Deal to Sign Dutch Youngster Leroy Fer

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Dutch international’s Goodison Park move is off.

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Everton have pulled the plug on the £8.6million signing of Dutch international midfielder Leroy Fer from FC Twente after failing to agreement payment terms with the Eredivisie club.

The signing of Fer was announced on Monday with the 23-year-old midfield enforcer, known as “The Bouncer” due to his physical strength, only needing to complete negotiations over personal terms and pass a medical on Merseyside.

Everton were not completely happy with the results of the medical and returned to renegotiate the deal with FC Twente to a smaller initial fee and a greater chunk based on appearances. But the deal has been called off after the two parties failed to agree a deal.

Everton chief executive Robert Elstone told Sky Sports News: “(It’s) very sad. We were very excited about the prospect of Leroy Fer coming to Goodison but the transfer didn’t go smoothly in the end, there were issues.

“We have to put the club first. Our track record shows we do that pretty well. We thought long and hard about it and it didn’t work out.”

FC Twente chairman Joop Munsterman had said: ” Everton claimed to have reached an agreement with FC Twente. Today they started negotiations over again. During the day they came up with additional conditions about the payment terms and also the transfer fee. We don’t deal with that. Then there won’t be a transfer.”

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