David Moyes suffered another transfer setback today when his proposed move for Ever Banega fell through.
The Everton manager, who missed out on a bold attempt to prise Rafael van der Vaart away from Real Madrid, was confident of landing Banega on a season-long loan and even succeeded in obtaining a work permit for Valencia's Argentinian midfielder.
But he became increasingly frustrated as Valencia stalled over the deal and continued to select their 21-year old anchor man for La Liga matches. They even picked him for their recent Europa League qualifier, thus making him ineligible for Everton's forthcoming group games.
According to sources in Spain, Valencia were taken aback at hearingthat Everton had secured a work permit and became more reluctant torelease Banega after struggling to recruit any replacements.
Moyes was still hoping to complete the £5million signing of JohnHeitinga from Atletico Madrid after the versatile Holland defenderunderwent a medical at Everton's Finch Farm training ground thisafternoon.
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