There have been several stories in the Danish press over the past few months about Everton interest in Thomas Delaney. The player has this month moved from FCK to Werder Bremen, in a deal that was done in the summer.

Werder agreed to pay FCK 15m Danish Krone, which was half Delaney’s release clause. Despite that the Danish club were happy because it allowed them to keep the player for longer.

Everton, who had been interested before the agreement, refused to give up and continued to send scouts to watch Delaney. Danish newspaper BT say they can now reveal things went much further than this.

Determined to have another go at signing Delaney, Everton are said to have been in repeated contact with Werder Bremen, and also speaking to the player’s agent Michael Stensgaard.

Screen Shot 2017-01-18 at 15.11.55BT say that Everton eventually submitted a final offer to Werder of 43m Danish Kroner, which is about £5m. That would have seen the German club more than double their money without Delaney having ever played for them.

Still, the club refused, and Delaney himself wasn’t pushing for the Premier League.

BT explain that part of the deal which saw Werder sign him for half his clause, and him remain at FCK for half a season, was Delaney subsequently getting big wages at the German club. Those wages are said to be Premier League level, and so Delaney knew he wasn’t going to miss out.