The Algerian striker looked set to follow Morgan Schneiderlin through the door this time last week in a £10.4m deal but negotiations subsequently stalled.
Reports that the transfer was in jeopardy emerged over the weekend and Koeman told reporters today that Everton will not now be signing Belfodil.
"[He] was one of the players on the list but we took the final decision to not sign the player," the Dutchman said.
Apparently recommended to Koeman by Steve Walsh in November, Belfodil was something of an unknown quantity when it was first reported that the Blues were seriously interested in acquiring him.
A record of a goal every two games for Liege this season had brought the 25-year-old to Walsh's attention and a deal appeared to have been arranged fairly swiftly this month but it foundered in its final stages.
The player's camp were said to be unsettled by Everton's decision to bring agent Christophe Henrotay into negotiations to help finalise the deal while other unsubstantiated reports suggested that Koeman was ultimately unconvinced that Belfodil was the right fit for the team.
Koeman says that he and Walsh are still hopeful of adding more players this month but insists it will be a case of quality over quantity.
“We are still hopeful of bringing more players in but only if they make the team stronger,” Koeman said in his press conference today.
“We do not need to sign anyone to add to the numbers, because that is not what I like.
Yes, it is difficult [to sign players in January] because maybe you are interested in players and they can't leave the club now [but] maybe yes in the summer.
"OK, we can't sign the player we want now but we try to in the summer.”
Reader Comments (16)
1 Posted 19/01/2017 at 17:43:27
2 Posted 19/01/2017 at 17:53:57
3 Posted 19/01/2017 at 18:03:15
4 Posted 19/01/2017 at 18:13:22
5 Posted 19/01/2017 at 18:23:06
6 Posted 19/01/2017 at 18:40:44
I, for one, am happy that we didn't get him. There's better value for that money elsewhere.
7 Posted 19/01/2017 at 18:54:14
Also interesting that this player and Depay were being mentioned as possible signings; however, we have dropped interest in both, therefore something else is in the wind.
8 Posted 19/01/2017 at 19:04:18
9 Posted 19/01/2017 at 19:14:29
10 Posted 19/01/2017 at 19:15:03
We have Gueye to come back and Schnerderlin to bed in. Lots to look forward to and it we get a head of steam up we might even finish higher.
Let's use the rest of the season to get used to the manager's new style of play and new system and then come the summer it'll be clearer exactly what we need.
11 Posted 19/01/2017 at 19:22:00
Obviously we have further needs and I'd love to see another signing or two, but agree with Koeman only if the deal's right. There's no point in splurging on guys willy-nilly just for the sake of bringing in new bodies.
12 Posted 19/01/2017 at 19:35:15
13 Posted 19/01/2017 at 19:35:54
14 Posted 19/01/2017 at 19:42:42
15 Posted 19/01/2017 at 20:15:57
Quality not quantity is a good sign.
17 Posted 19/01/2017 at 22:52:50
I'd much rather Jags stayed as he's good cover for Williams, but as replacements for Holgate and Funes Mori I'm happy giving the younger lads a fair crack.
I'd agree though that we need back up or a partner for Rom; if the Algerian lad isn't the answer then we need to find the solution.
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