Everton boss David Moyes has ruled out signing Los Angeles Galaxy striker Landon Donovan because he is too expensive.
The 28-year-old impressed during a three-month loan spell at Goodison Park last season and said recently he is keen to return.
But Moyes is quoted in The Guardian as saying: "We'd love to have Landon but he looks too expensive for us and we just don't have it."
He added: "We don't have the finances. The price they want for him is very big and it's an additional problem because of his age."
Donovan is thought to be valued at around Â£10million.
Everton have signed three players this summer but paid a fee for only one - Â£1million on Magaye Gueye.