At the beginning of the week it looked like Brendan Galloway could be signed on Tuesday on loan for the season and still have enough training with the squad to be able to be in contention for the game on Saturday at home to Huddersfield.
But we have heard very little about the deal over the last two days with the Chronicle reporting the deal could be tied up until next week.
It looks like after Everton sold John Stones to Manchester City for a completely ridiculous £47.5M they then signed Swansea City 31 year-old center-back Ashley Williams, but paid out £12M for him – an excellent deal for the south Wales club.
Brendan Galloway – coming on loan – we hope
£12M for a player who turns 32 later this month – the Premier League clubs are going bonkers this summer with paying out too much money for players.
Then Everton were after 27 year-old Lamine Kone, the Sunderland center-back signed from Lorient only last January for around £5M, and he was on the verge of joining Everton for a big fee, said to be around £18M.
A £13M profit in seven months – a good deal if you can get it.
But that potential move has stalled and not surprisingly the Sunderland fans want him to stay, but apparently Sunderland have not followed through on a new contract offer, after his excellent form last season which helped save the Black Cats.
So it looks like the Galloway deal has been put on hold until Everton can either sign Kone or bring in at least one new defender.
Everton are not in particularly good shape with new boss Ronald Koeman saying today they are only 70% ready for the season kickoff on Saturday – when they are at home to Tottenham.
That could be pure bluster, but Koeman seems to be worried about the fitness of his players.
And with Seamus Coleman injured he seems to want to keep Brendan Galloway until he is certain there are enough defenders at the club for cover.