Everton resisted Paris Saint Germain’s attempt to prise away Idrissa Gueye on what proved a quiet deadline day at Goodison Park.
Recent years have seen the Merseyside club scrambling for deals – or fending off interest in their prized assets.
The French champions were ready to go as high as £26.2 million for the 29-year-old midfielder, who informed the club he wanted to move to Paris.
But the Merseyside club has never shifted from their earlier position – rejecting an increased bid and insisting they were not interested further talks.
The timing and fee was always an issue as manager Marco Silva had no obvious candidate with which to replace Gueye.
Silva would have liked a striker but with no realistic or affordable target – and perhaps more significantly nothing in the kitty – he and Director of Football Marcel Brands suggested they were prepared to wait.