Everton have apparently walked away from a deal to take Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart on loan, according to the Daily Mail.
The national paper claims that the Toffees have baulked at the £7m fee it would cost to bring the 29-year-old in on a temporary basis.
Manager Ronald Koeman has also allegedly been impressed by the start fellow keeper Maarten Stekelenburg has made to his Everton career.
And the Dutchman is now believed to have cooled his interest in Hart as a result.
Hart had been told by City boss Pep Guardiola that he did not feature in the Spaniard’s plans at the Etihad stadium.
The England international had since decided that a loan move would be the best decision moving forward, with Everton the most likely destination for the former Shrewsbury custodian.
The Toffees had made their interest known in acquiring Hart’s services, particularly in the wake of comments from Koeman about the need for three senior goalkeepers in his squad.
But Koeman, along with director of football Steve Walsh, are believed to have walked away from any deal due to the fees involved.
Hart’s current £135,000-a-week salary, coupled with a fee required to take Hart on loan, is said to have put the pair off pursuing the deal further.
It remains to be seen if Koeman and Walsh will now explore other goalkeeping options ahead of the closure of the summer transfer window.