River Plate midfielder Santiago Sosa has admitted he was left ‘hurt’ that a move to Everton could not be finalised.

The Argentine youngster has been linked with a move to Goodison Park since last year when several reports in Argentina indicated the Blues were pushing ahead with a move.

Ultimately a transfer never happened as the player could not secure a work permit, despite efforts by his agent to get things over the line.

Despite the disappointment, it was made clear that Everton’s interest hadn’t gone away and it was very much felt that Sosa could end up at the club at some point in the future.

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When that point is remains to be seen, but the failed transfer has been back in the news this week, with Argentine newspaper Olé revealing that the midfielder actually secured a work permit just days after his €15m move to Everton was cancelled.

Sosa has now commented on the failed move and admitted his disappointment that it didn’t go through.

“The Everton thing was something very concrete,” TNT Sports report him saying.

“It did not end because I did not have European citizenship to go. It hurt me that it failed, but now I have changed the mentality, and I’m happy in River.”