Everton will not pursue their interest in signing Chelsea forward Victor Moses, with the Stamford Bridge side only willing to pursue a permanent deal.
Everton have elected against attempting to sign Chelsea forward Victor Moses on loan, according to the Liverpool Echo.
New Goodison Park boss Roberto Martinez was interested in a reunion with Moses, having previously managed him when in charge of Wigan Athletic.
Indeed, it was he who agreed to the sale of the Nigeria international to Chelsea in the first place, though given the player’s desire to play UEFA Champions League football meant that in truth, Martinez had little choice in the matter once Moses had made his mind up.
The Echo report that Chelsea are reluctant to allow Moses to depart on loan, but may have considered a permanent deal for him for around the £8 million mark, though that is likely out of the heavily indebted Everton’s transfer budget unless they make any sales.
Their interest in Moses is understandable though, with 10 goals in 43 games for Chelsea last season despite almost half of his appearances coming from the bench – explaining why only three of those goals came in the first halves of matches.
With Andre Schurrle and Kevin De Bruyne adding further competition to the two wing slots at Stamford Bridge next season, Moses will have an even tougher task to get into the side than last season.
Those players will battle Juan Mata, Oscar, Eden Hazard, and possibly Ramires for two positions, and few sides in European football can boast such strength in depth.
Moses will have to decide whether he wants to seek regular first team football – whether at Everton or elsewhere.