The Toffees were desperate to sign a striker in the closing stages of the transfer window and looked high and low for a solution.


Crystal Palace were contacted, with Everton asking if they could take Mateta to Goodison Park on loan.



The Eagles though slapped a £15m asking price on Mateta’s head and that scared Everton off.


Despite not being a regular starter at Selhurst Park, Crystal Palace continue to value Mateta highly and were only prepared to let him go for a substantial fee.



Eagles boss Patrick Vieira was also clear that if Mateta went then he would want a replacement signing.


Everton looked at signing the striker twice in the recent transfer window, but he stayed put in the capital.



The Toffees ended up failing to make a single signing during the January transfer window, much to the dismay of their supporters.