Everton have had an improved offer of £8 million rejected for Werder Bremen midfielder Thomas Delaney, a report in the Liverpool Echo claims.
Having seen an initial £5.5 million bid turned down, the Toffees had hoped that they could tempt the German side to sell their midfield playmaker.
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However, Delaney made his debut for Bremen in their 2-1 loss to Borussia Dortmund on Saturday, meaning that a transfer this month is no longer possible.
Having played for boyhood team FC Copenhagen until mid-December, the 25-year-old has now appeared for two clubs in the same season, with transfer rules dictating that this is the maximum allowed.
Delaney made his breakthrough into the Copenhagen side during the latter part of the 2008-09 campaign as a 17-year-old, but did not feature in the league until the following season.
He was named captain in the summer of 2014 and won three Superliga titles and three domestic Cups during his time in the Danish capital.
Last August it was announced that he would sign for Bremen for £1.5 million, with the transfer going through this month.
Everton had looked at Delaney during the last window but eventually decided against pursuing a move, after which he signed for the German outfit.
Werder currently lie 15th in the Bundesliga table and are unwilling to sell any of their key assets in January as they look to stave off relegation.
The Toffees must now focus on other targets, although that is not to say that they won’t return with another bid for Delaney in the summer.