According to reports, former Everton manager Ronald Koeman had been hoping to sign Daley Blind from Manchester United.
Koeman was sacked in October after the Toffees made a poor start to the season despite having spent heavily during the summer transfer window to bring in the likes of Michael Keane, Sandro Ramirez, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Jordan Pickford.
Koeman knew that Blind was unlikely to receive regular game time with United as he nears the final year of his contract and was keen to make an approach for the versatile man who can operate both as a midfielder as well as in defence.
However a possible move for the Dutch international was blocked by the Everton board who instead wanted Koeman to focus on signing a new striker after Romelu Lukaku left the club to link up with Manchester United.
New Toffees boss Sam Allardyce will likely make signing a new striker a priority in January and this will mean that there will be little chance of Blind arriving at Goodison Park.