Everton are set to miss out on Rodrigo Moreno this summer.
The forward will leave Leeds United and is currently undergoing a medical with Qatari side Al Rayyan, according to Fabrizio Romano.
Rodrigo impressed for the Whites last season despite their relegation to the Championship, netting 13 goals in only 23 starts.
The attacker had regularly been praised for his performances in a poor side, with Jamie Redknapp previously telling Sky Sports of his ‘incredible pace’ and that he was ‘exciting to watch’ following Leeds United’s draw with Man City in October.
Everton and a host of other clubs have been linked with a move for Rodrigo after reports claimed that Leeds’ relegation had triggered a clause in his contract that meant he could leave Elland Road for as little as £3 million.
The Toffees were expected to make a move for the Spaniard as they look to limit their spending, however Romano has now reported that his move to Qatar could be all confirmed later today.
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Rodrigo was thought to be one of the Whites’ highest earners last season, raking in around £100,000 – over £20,000 more than any of his teammates.
Rodrigo would have been a brilliant signing for Everton, but lets not dwell on it
Rodrigo had proven his ability to score goals in a struggling team last season, while his tally was made even more impressive by an injury that kept him out of action for two months.
The 32-year-old would have been a huge bargain at only £3m, however Saudi Arabia and Qatar deals seem to be extremely tempting for many older players this summer and Everton could do little about that.
While his fee was extremely cheap, Rodrigo would have been offered a much higher salary to move to the Middle East and a switch to Goodison Park would have made him one of the Toffees’ most well-paid players.
He would have been a very good addition for the club, however his age and wages makes the blow a little softer. There are still plenty of options for Everton, but they will need to act fast if they are to bolster their squad in time for next season.