According to But Football Club, Premier League side Everton saw an offer for reported West Ham United target Denis Bouanga turned down this summer.
The talented Saint Etienne wide man has attracted plenty of attention.
Back in July, Buzzsport in France claimed Rennes saw a £9 million bid turned down, while Everton had been cited as suitors with the player valued at around £13.5 million.
The same editorial in late July then claimed West Ham joined Everton in their interest.
Now, But Football Club say Saint Etienne turned down two summer bids for Bouanga – one coming from Atalanta and the other from Carlo Ancelotti’s side.
Everton have started the campaign in fine form, winning back-to-back games.
The Toffees managed to seriously strengthen their midfield this summer, with Abdoulaye Doucoure and former Napoli man Allan arriving at Goodison Park.
But the icing on the cake was the deal for Colombian superstar James Rodriguez.
The former Real Madrid man will provide the creativity the Toffees desperately lacked last season. Bouanga, meanwhile, could have been Rodriguez’s alternative.
The 25-year-old was superb for Saint Etienne last term, notching 12 goals and providing five assists. Manager Claude Paul said he was a player with huge potential.
Everton signed Rodriguez in September. The Colombian was undoubtedly Ancelotti’s top choice, and the Toffees will improve greatly with him in the team.
It could be that Bouanga was considered in case a deal for Rodriguez was not possible.
West Ham, on the other hand, may want to re-ignite their interest in the player after the Hammers’ poor start to the campaign.
Everton’s opening fixtures of the 2020/21 season
West Brom (H)
Crystal Palace (A)