Everton could pull out of the deal to sign midfielder Leroy Fer from FC Twente after discovering a problem with his knee following a medical, according to the BBC.
The 23-year old arrived on Merseyside on Tuesday hoping to complete his £8.6 million move to the Premier League, which is now in danger of collapse.
Everton are still prepared to pay the full fee for the Dutch international, but they want to restructure the deal based on appearances or other clauses to that they are insured if there is a recurrence of the knee problem, which the player is understood to have sustained while on international duty in September.
The injury caused Fer to miss two months of the Eredivisie season for Twente.
Talks are said to continue for the player, but Everton have told the Dutch outfit to accept the alterations before tonight’s Premier League game against West Bromwich Albion, or they will walk away from the deal and turn their attentions elsewhere.
FC Twente have so far refused to accept the renegotiated terms of the deal, leaving Fer, who is nicknamed “The Bouncer” due to his imposing stature and physical strength, in limbo.
We reported just two days ago that the deal was to go ahead.
But FC Twente chairman Joop Munsterman said:
“Everton have additional requirements on the method of payment. Here we do not agree so it’s stuck.
“We don’t play that game here at Twente. They can come up with any demand they wish but we’re not playing along with their demands.”
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This article was first posted on January 30, 2013