While incomings were the priority for Everton this summer, Marcel Brands has also worked hard on moving players on.

The Everton Director of Football inherited a bloated squad when he arrived last summer and has spent the last two seasons trying to get rid of the deadwood.

Morgan Schneiderlin was considered a player the club should move on, particularly after his poor performances in the last 18 months.

So far he’s yet to leave, and a departure seems extremely unlikely, particularly as Marco Silva recently insisted that the Blues cannot afford to lose the Frenchman.

It seems Schneiderlin had an option to return to his native France, however, according to RMC journalist Nicolas Paolorsi.

He says Bordeaux were keen on Schneiderlin as they’re looking to add a defensive midfielder their squad this summer.

However, the Everton midfielder ‘declined Bordeaux’s approaches’ as he wants to stay at Goodison Park and ‘prove himself’ at the club. He’s not exactly off to a good start on that front, getting himself sent off in the opening day draw with Crystal Palace.

Bordeaux have now turned their attention elsewhere after Schneiderlin turned them down and are looking to sign Roma midfielder Maxime Gonalons instead.