The 23-year-old suffered serious knee damage playing for the Netherlands in September which left him side-lined for almost two months, and Blues officials fear there could be long-term problems. The ECHO understands that Everton’s concerns prompted them to propose a restructured compromise deal to sign Fer. It is believed the Blues want protection in the deal which would allow some of the £8.6m fee to be paid based on appearances but Twente have dug their heels in and refused to re-negotiate. Fer had already spoken of his excitement at joining the Toffees and had been on Merseyside for final talks and his medical, but has this evening returned to Holland. Despite the set-back Everton are still keen to push through a deal within the next 24 hours, although it is likely they will turn to different targets if Twente continue their current stance. Speaking to journalists in Holland, Twente chairman Joop Munsterman underlined the club’s position when he said:
”Everton have additional requirements on the method of payment. Here we do not agree. It’s stuck.
"We don´t play that game at Twente. They can come up with any demand they wish but we´re not playing along with their demands."
Leroy Fer, aka 'The Bouncer', would add physical presence to Everton's midfield