Everton Claim Forssell Failed Medical

The Finland international striker, who was sidelined for a large part of last season with a serious knee injury, completed a £3millon move from Chelsea to Blues last week.

"Obviously Mikael Forssell failed his medical, and so we can't commit ourselves to spending a great deal of money on a player, and then of course on his wages, if we don't think he's going to be able to play," Toffees assistant manager Andy Irvine told the official Everton website.

"Our medical people made the decision that he wasn't fit enough to be as expensive as he was going to be. Perhaps if he wasn't going to be costing that kind of money then the decision would have been different.

"But clearly he's had a problem. I hope that that problem doesn't mean he doesn't play football again because we all think he's an excellent footballer."