Everton looked set to land the signature of talented Standard Liege ace Ishak Belfodil in January but, in a turn of events, the deal collapsed. Now, cited by SportWitness, Sport/Foot in Belgium has revealed the details.
It was one of the strangest sagas of the transfer window, with Everton seemingly set to complete a deal for young Ishak Belfodil but a deal dramatically collapsed- with rumours on the reasons ranging from a change in heart from Ronald Koeman to meddling agents.
In the end, it can be seen as some of both but the agents have definitely been the ones that initiated the collapse, after getting into affairs that, in all honesty, they shouldn’t have been. Mohamed Al Faiech, Belfodil’s agent, revealed the details when quizzed by Sport/Foot.
“Everything he says is false. I’ll tell you what happened. My contacts with Steve Walsh, Everton’s director of football, go back to mid-November. We met in London on the 2nd of January, in the offices of Everton’s owner, Farhad Moshiri, accompanied by Steve Walsh and Bill Kenwright.”
“If we’d wanted to, we could have signed everything then, it was all ready. Everton had even reserved the hotel, they didn’t want us to return to Belgium, but Ishak didn’t want to cause a fuss with Standard.”