The Toffees have endured yet more frustration in the transfer market but the Standiard Liege striker was never a convincing target.
The BBC claim that the Algerian’s £10.4 million move from Standard Liege is now likely to be scrapped, though he is not the first player to be on the verge of a switch to Goodison Park only for negotiations to fall through at the eleventh hour.
Akin to their doomed pursuit of Moussa Sissoko, The Toffees may find that circumstance has done them a favour.
Belfodil might have demonstrated his mercurial talents on a more consistent basis this season with Standard Liege but the fact he is currently plying his trade in the Belgian top flight is the by-product of his inability to get anywhere near his mooted potential.
In his younger years, the man once tipped to replace the mercurial talents of Karim Benzema at Lyon rapidly embarked on a run of five moves in three years, resulting in a grand total of nine league goals between 2012 and 2015 during largely forgettable spells Bologna, Parma, Inter Milan, Livorno and, eventually Parma again.
Dogged by rumours of a poor attitude off the pitch and selfish approach on it, the 25-year-old only wound up in Belgium’s top flight via a short stint in Abu Dhabi.
If disciplinarian Ronald Koeman is looking for players to form the bedrock of a talented, dedicated Everton team capable of breaking into the established elite, a nomadic forward whose career is ravaged by underachievement is hardly the standout candidate.