Coming very close to signing for Everton this transfer window, Ishak Belfodil eventually ended up staying at Standard Liège for the remainder of the season.
However, had Swansea City got their way on transfer deadline day, the striker would have completed a move to the Premier League after all.
DH in Belgium reported on Wednesday that Paul Clement’s new side made a €14m bid + 15% sell-on fee offer 20 minutes before the end of the transfer window.
Yet, Standard, who had accepted €12m from Everton, decided to reject the offer from the Swansea, most likely because of the timing of the offer, but also because the Swans, 17th in the Premier League, isn’t the type of club Belfodil wants to move to.
From this point onwards, Swansea then decided to focus on Jordan Ayew, who they signed from Aston Villa for €7m.
Signing a new contract with Standard after the Everton transfer failure, Belfodil could still move in the summer, but if he continues his form from the first half of the season, the Belgian side might end up asking for a lot more.
Belfodil’s agent blamed the Everton deal collapsing on Ronald Koeman being given incorrect information about the player’s character, and Bill Kenwright getting ‘bored’ during talks.