Eight times Everton dodged a transfer bullet

Owen Sissoko

Everton have clearly had some lucky escapes in the transfer market down the years.

It is surely fair to say that Everton have been the team that have caught the imagination during this transfer window, with Ronald Koeman landing a number of talented players ahead of the new season.

But Everton have not always been so savvy in the market, and have occasionally been fortunate that they have not signed all of their targets down the years.

With that in mind, HITC Sport has listed eight players who the fans probably did not mind missing out on...

Lamine Kone

In 2016, the Guardian reported that Everton made a £17 million bid for Sunderland's Lamine Kone - prompting the centre-back to submit a transfer request. Luckily for the Toffees, the move never took place as Kone was part of the hapless Black Cats side that went down from the Premier League last season.

Tottenham's Moussa SissokoTottenham's Moussa Sissoko

Moussa Sissoko

Everton agreed a £30 million fee with Newcastle for Moussa Sissoko in the dying days of the 2016 summer transfer window, the Chronicle reported at the time. He ended up joining Tottenham in a dramatic turn of events, but has since failed to make any kind of impact with Spurs. 


The Daily Mail reported in January 2012 that Everton wanted Eder. He would ultimately join Braga that summer and after a decent spell in Portugal, he finally did arrive in the Premier League in 2015, joining Swansea. He failed to score for the Swans in 15 games and ultimately left for Lille. He did score the winner in the Euro 2016 final however. 

Manchester United's Chris Smalling and Michael Carrick in action with Swansea's EderEder

Sean Davis

After a promising spell with Fulham, it was probably not a surprise that Everton were targeting Sean Davis back in 2003. However, BBC Sport reported that a problem with his medical saw the Toffees pull the plug on a £5.5 million move. His career arguably never hit the heights it perhaps threatened to after a difficult spell at Tottenham.

Barry Ferguson

Barry Ferguson was a fantastic captain for Rangers, but unfortunately his spells in England did not reach the same levels of success. Everton tried to sign him in 2003, according to the Guardian, but he ultimately moved to Blackburn for £7.5 million, BBC Sport reported at the time.

Wolves' Kevin Foley (R) and Stephen Hunt (L) in action with Blackburn's Martin OlssonStephen Hunt (L)

Stephen Hunt

After Reading were relegated from the Premier League in 2008, Everton made a bid for Stephen Hunt, the Liverpool Echo reported at the time. The winger would fail to score more than seven times in a season during the remaining years of his career, despite playing slightly more in the Championship.

Mikael Forssell

If Everton had moved for Mikael Forssell in 2004, it is likely that the Toffees fans would have been positive about their pursuit after he scored 17 times in the top flight with Birmingham. However, one year later when Everton were interested - according to the Independent - the Finland international was coming off the back of a season where he had barely featured due to injury. He would not reach double figures for a league season again until he was back playing in his home country in 2013.

Michael Owen

In 2005, Michael Owen rejected the chance to join Everton, BBC Sport reported at the time. He would ultimately play for the likes of Newcastle, Manchester United and Stoke before the end of his career, scoring just 32 league goals across his final eight seasons before retirement. 

Obafemi Martins playing for Newcastle UnitedMichael Owen

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