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Everton coach reveals club was never close to signing Leeds forward

According to Sean Dyche, Everton were never really close to completing a deal for Wilfried Gnonto in the summer transfer window.

The saga stretched across the summer, with the Italian forward even sitting out games to try and force a move to the Toffees. Gnonto’s agent even flew to Italy to hold talks with Inter Milan. However, with the window closing and no options, the player apologized directly to Daniel Farke before he returned to the first team.

The issue escalated so much, TalkSport’s Simon Jordan called for the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) to step in:

“It is really poor. The PFA should be on the front foot saying it’s poor, that one of their members, because he doesn’t get what he wants, can suggest that he’s not in the right frame of mind to play.”

Now Everton boss Sean Dyche gives the details on what actually went on during the transfer saga:

“We weren’t close enough to any situation. The truth is that certain parameters and guidelines is where we are at. The club is not where it was two or three years ago, that is apparent,” Dyche told The Echo.

“The transfer window makes news, there are some very good players here. That gets overlooked. I believe in what is here, I believe in the players we have got here,”

Gnonto scored in Leed’s first win in the Championship this season against Ipswich Town.

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