Thursday, 31st January, 2013

Holland international midfielder Leroy Fer has spoken of his disappointment at failing to complete a move to Everton, explaining that mentally he was already a Toffees player.

Fer was all set to move to Goodison Park until Everton asked to renegotiate the terms of the payment of his transfer fee with Twente after picking up a problem with the player’s knee in a medical.

Twente though refused and Everton called time on the deal, leaving the 23-year-old deeply disappointed.

"I stayed until the last minute hoping that the clubs would come to together", he told his agent’s company Sport Promotion.


"Now that it has fallen through, I have had a moment to myself. In my mind I was already in Liverpool. I was looking forward to this step."

And the midfielder feels that he left no stone unturned trying to push through the transfer.

"Everyone did everything to get this transfer done. Rob Jansen [Fer’s agent, ed.], my father, my friend, everybody showed goodwill with this matter and to try and keep it going. I was even prepared to financially have a think about the problem. But nothing helped. Then it became difficult to reach a compromise."

Fer then insisted that the knee problem detected is not really much of a problem at all.

"I was approved by the doctors in England. The only comment made was on my knee. I had surgery four months ago. The meniscus is firmly back in order, but the wound is still fresh, although I can play smoothly."

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