The door may now be open for Everton to sign Kieran Trippier from Tottenham Hotspur, after Napoli ended their pursuit.
The Sun reported on Tuesday that the Serie A outfit withdrew from the race because they want to go for somebody younger.
A club source said: “We will be pursuing a right back but will be going for a younger player, which is in line with the policy of the club.”
Apparently Trippier’s wife had been looking at schools in Naples (The Sun) suggesting the move was very much on.
But it looks as though it’s now dead in the water, and The Daily Mail are reporting the defender is considering his future after also being snubbed by England.
Perhaps it’s a chance for the Toffees to now move for the 28-year-old.
Trippier – who earns £65,000-a-week (Spotrac) – needs to leave Tottenham to reinvigorate his career.
Last term his form was hugely concerning and he appears to need a change of scenery to try and reach his pre-World Cup levels.
The Sun reported Everton were interested in the player in March and Marco Silva should consider reigniting that interest.
Seamus Coleman is arguably not the same player anymore and is also 30 now.
Goodison Park could be a brilliant new lease of life for Trippier and the club need fresh impetus down their right side.