Leroy Fer has opened up about his failed move to Everton and how tough it was to deal with the setback.
In 2013, the Dutchman looked set to link up with the Blues after they agreed terms for an £8.6 million move with FC Twente. However, upon the day of his medical, Everton were made aware of a knee injury that Fer was carrying and the deal fell through. Manager at the time David Moyes commented “He’s a really good player, but it was a situation out of our control,” (via BBC Sport).
The midfielder has shed light on how he took the news and how he dealt with the return to Twente. “They came in and it was going to be a big move,” Fer said on the Konversations With Kenji podcast (via Liverpool ECHO). “£10m going to Everton, but I had an injury just before that so I failed my medical.
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“That was also something that’s very hard for me because Everton are a big team in England. That was the moment in my career that was maybe the hardest.”
The 30-year-old said moving to the Premier League to play for a side like Everton was his ‘dream’. But due to his injury, Fer stayed in his home country until the end of the season when he joined Norwich City instead.
“I had to go back to Twente and my mind was not really in it. The last few months there were horrible.”
Despite the failed move, Fer has had a positive career, playing 421 matches in total and tallying 64 goals and 47 assists (via Transfermarkt). He also managed to forge a career in the Premier League eventually, having played for Norwich as already mentioned as well as Swansea City and Queens Park Rangers.
But would his career have taken a different turn if he had joined the Toffees?
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