Sam Allardyce angry over late transfer drama for Lookman, Klaassen
Everton boss Sam Allardyce was left complaining about deadline day after Ademola Lookman left for RB Leipzig on loan, Davy Klaassen's move to Napoli fell through and several other players were subject to interest.
Everton beat Leicester 2-1 on Wednesday, but Allardyce was less than happy about how the day turned out.
"Five of our players in the squad, agents had rung up and asked if they could go out on loan,'' he said at his postmatch news conference.
"It has not affected the result, I'm glad to say, but it could have easily have done that.
"I've spent all day trying to fend off people who are trying to take my players.''
On Lookman, whom the manager had said on Monday would not be leaving, he added: "It is one of the most unusual situations I've been in where we have got some deals for him but he was adamant he chose Germany.
"We tried to persuade him not to because I think it is a big challenge for his development. His stubbornness meant he got his own way. I hope he proves us all wrong.''
Regarding Klaassen, Allardyce said: "I got the weirdest situation. A contract he has with a sporting company is one of the reasons why it failed.
"We are disappointed, but he should be far more disappointed than us that he is not playing for Napoli. I don't know why they couldn't get over the hurdles.''
Everton's recent £20m signing Theo Walcott was their matchwinner with both goals and Allardyce hailed the former Arsenal forward's link-up with Seamus Coleman, who returned after 10 months out with a broken leg.
"There's a new partnership flourishing that's come together for the very first time -- Seamus and Theo," Allardyce told the club's official website.
"Everybody could see what an impact those two had today playing together. The performance was good and that partnership down the right was excellent.
"For [Coleman] to finish 90 minutes, and in the 92nd minute run 80 yards with the ball was outstanding for me.
"Theo could have scored a hat trick. Oumar Niasse could have scored a hat trick -- that's how many good chances we created."