DAVID MOYES believes there is no better left-back than Leighton Baines at present – as he looked to Spain to bolster his squad on transfer deadline day.
Baines scored a thunderous 20-yard strike and netted a penalty as Everton moved to within a point of the Champions League qualification places with a hard-earned 2-1 home win over West Bromwich Albion on Wednesday night.
It came just hours after the Goodison outfit had seen their £8.6million move for FC Twente’s Holland international midfielder Leroy Fer collapse after an inability to renegotiate the terms of the deal in the wake of the player’s failed medical.
Moyes now faces yet another frantic day attempting to bring in new faces before the transfer window slams shut late on Thursday night.
At the top of his shortlist are Real Betis forward Ruben Castro and Sevilla’s Spain international striker Alvaro Negredo.
Castro is a 31-year-old former Deportivo player while 27-year-old Negredo, formerly on the books of Real Madrid, made two appearances for Spain in their triumphant Euro 2012 campaign last summer.
Of the failed move for Fer, Moyes said: “He is not our player. The boy is a very good player but on this occasion we could not conclude the deal.
“There are lot of things connected with signing a player. All those things play a part. All those things combined.”