Having reportedly chased the signature of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Muhamed Besic for the past couple of weeks, Everton look set to miss out on the highly-rated midfielder’s services to La Liga’s Sevilla.
Starting in all three of his team’s games at the World Cup this summer, Besic’s performances were one of the bright spots of an otherwise disappointing campaign for Bosnia, as the side missed out on progressing to the knockout rounds in their first-ever appearance at the tournament.
The German-born prospect is currently playing with Ferencvaros in Hungary, having joined from Hamburg in August 2012, and is now being courted by a host of clubs across Europe, including Swansea City and Sunderland, after it was revealed his contract contains a £2 million release clause.
Equally comfortable at centre-back or in a deep-lying role in midfield, Everton were said to be among the leading contenders to sign Besic but Sevilla’s interest could well see them piped to the post, as the Spanish side look to bring in reinforcements following the sale of Ivan Rakitic to Barcelona earlier this summer.
With Everton boss Roberto Martinez facing a hard task to improve upon last season’s impressive fifth-place Premier League finish, the promising Bosnian would seem like the ideal low-cost piece to bolster the squad, but the manager could well be forced to turn his attention elsewhere if these latest reports are to be believed.