Prior to the World Cup, Everton were linked with a move for Costa Rica goalkeeper Keylor Navas.
The Levante player was regarded as one of the best 'keeper’s in La Liga, and the Toffees were tipped to go head-to-head with Liverpool as they looked to sign a replacement for Tim Howard.
Those rumours persist, although a Navas move to Goodison Park looks less likely following the 27-year-old’s outstanding performances at the World Cup and the fact that Real Madrid, Benfica and FC Porto are all now said to be keen on him.
But on Tuesday evening, Howard put in a display for the USA against Belgium that raised further questions regarding an Everton move for Navas.
Yes, Howard may be 35, but in goalkeeping terms that is something of a spring-chicken. And in setting a new record for the most saves in a single World Cup match, the Everton player suggested he has no intention of being replaced for either club or country any time soon.
Howard made 15 saves – of varying difficulty – against Belgium and almost inspired his country to a famous victory. But regardless of their exit, he can hold his head high.
Navas is a player of real quality, but with a contract until the summer of 2018, there is no reason for Howard to be replaced just yet.
Navas may get away from Roberto Martinez. But they have no real need for him. And those are the kind of missed opportunities in the transfer market that are far easier to accept.