DAVID MOYES will ramp up his attempts to bolster his squad after Hugo Rodallega priced himself out of a move to Everton.
Rodallega, who is a free agent having departed Wigan Athletic at the end of last season, was one of several players Moyes has been tracking this summer.
But the Goodison outfit cooled their interest after it emerged the Colombia international was demanding a wage of £70,000 a week.
That would have smashed Everton’s wage structure and made Rodallega – now poised for Fulham – one of the highest paid players in the club’s history.
Instead, Moyes will concentrate on other targets and remains hopeful a deal can be struck to bring Steven Pienaar back to Goodison from Tottenham Hotspur on a permanent basis.
The Everton manager has already strengthened his strikeforce by capitalising on the financial meltdown at Rangers by snapping up Steven Naismith on a free transfer.
Naismith continues to recover from the cruciate knee ligament damage that has sidelined him since October, and is confident of being available for the Premier League opener against Manchester United on August 20.
The Scotland international followed the same path of Nikica Jelavic, who moved from Ibrox to Goodison in January for £5.5million.
Naismith and Jelavic enjoyed a profitable partnership at Rangers, with the pair scoring 44 goals between them in the 37 games they appeared together.