EVERTON boss David Moyes was last night keeping his cards close to his chest as Sevilla striker Alvaro Negredo emerged as a surprise candidate to replace failed transfer target Leroy Fer.
Moyes had hoped to secure the signing of Fer before the kick-off of last night's 2-1 win over West Brom but the deal collapsed after they tried to renegotiate payment of the £8.6million deal with FC Twente when the player's medical identified an issue with a knee problem.
While Moyes was downbeat about his chances of bringing anyone else in place of Fer, it is understood the Toffees are interested in Negredo.
The 27-year-old Spain international, who has been linked with Tottenham this month and could be available on a cut-price deal from his financially struggling club, is a more advanced player than Fer so would not be a direct replacement.
Last night it was Leighton Baines who provided the fire power with two first-half goals, before Shane Long pulled one back.
Afterwards, Moyes expressed his disappointment the Fer deal had not come to fruition.
"He is not our player but it is right we look after the boy and it didn't work for the reasons it didn't work," said the Scot.
"The boy is a very good player and we wish him well but on this occasion we just couldn't quite conclude the deal."
Everton's win, their first in three league matches, moved them to within a point of fourth-placed Tottenham.