Everton are set to miss out in the race to sign Patrice Evra as the defender is said to favour a move to West Ham United.
Sam Allardyce has issues at left-back and was hoping to ease them by completing a deal for the former Manchester United, who is available on a free transfer and can move outside of the window.
Evra saw his contract with Marseille terminated by mutual consent in November following the French defender's seven-month ban from UEFA competitions.
Despite his ban from UEFA competitions, Evra remains free to play in domestic fixtures. Evra worked under current West Ham manager David Moyes when he was in charge at Manchester United and a reunion looks to be on the cards.
Evra was heavily linked on Tuesday, but it has now been widely reported that he is set to agree a deal with the east London club until the end of the season.
It is claimed that Evra would prefer to live in London, hence his decision to turn his back on the Toffees.