EVERTON FC are on the verge of completing their first signing of the transfer window by snapping up Dutch international midfielder Leroy Fer for a fee believed to be in the region of 10 million euros.
The imminent arrival of Fer does not indicate the Blues will have to sell one of their existing stars to fund his purchase.
Instead the Echo understands Fer's purchase will be funded by an initial basic down payment, with incremental payments to follow over coming seasons.
Blues boss David Moyes said after Saturday’s 2-1 win at Bolton Wanderers in the FA Cup that if he was a betting man, he’d back himself to bring in a new face before the window slammed shut.
Fer, who turned 23 earlier this month, and has two full caps for the Netherlands, is a powerfully-built central midfielder who Dutch under-21 coach Cor Pot has compared to Patrick Vieira.
Fer arrives from Twente, whom he joined in 2011 from Feyenoord.
Moyes has been in the market for a central midfielder all season having missed out with a last-gasp move for Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe when the August transfer window slammed shut.
In the meantime, he had drafted in former German international Thomas Hitzlsperger on a short-term deal.