Everton could see their loan move for Monaco forward Lacina Traore scuppered, after an injury to Radamel Falcao, according to the Express.
Traore was expected to complete a loan move to Goodison Park after being granted a work permit, but a knee injury to Falcao means Monaco may now opt to keep hold of the striker.
Traore only completed his transfer from Anzhi Makhachkala during this transfer window, but the French club had always planned to loan him out for the remainder of the season.
West Ham were amongst those believed to be interested, but it appeared Everton won the race for his signature.
But with Falcao expected to be sidelined for several months, Monaco are reconsidering their options.
A statement on Monaco’s website revealed the club are still waiting on the outcome of tests to know the full extent of the Colombian’s injury.
It read: “Radamel Falcao took a blow to the left knee. We must await further tests in the coming days to determine the exact nature of the injury.”
Everton are likely to find out in the next 48 hours whether Traore will be allowed to join them as initially planned.
If not, Roberto Martinez will be forced to hunt for an alternative with just eight days of the transfer window remaining.