Leroy Fer looked set to sign for Everton to give David Moyes the much needed depth that he desires, especially with Darron Gibson still recovering from his long-term lay off.
However with rumours of a failed medical should Everton be signing him, even if they can negotiate a cut-down fee from FC Twente?
The young Dutchman combines size with skill, which would give the Blues the physicality missing from their central midfield pairing ever since Fellaini was moved into the hole behind the striker.
However, there are many other players who could be bought with a similar purpose in mind.
My first choice would be Milan Badelj who currently plays at Hamburger in the Bundesliga. The Croatian international is a fantastic defensive midfielder, who combines defensive prowess with great technical ability.
He can dictate the tempo of a game but would also allow the likes of Leon Osman and Steven Pienaar to push on forward knowing that Badelj was there to cover.
With the German market being very good value for money, he could probably be bought for the same price as Fer and at only 23 the sky is the limit for this talented players.
Others who could do a similar job to Fer would be Juraj Kucka, Slovak midfielder who plays for Genoa, and Morgan Schneiderlain, French U21 international who plays at Southampton.
Kucka is a battling central midfielder and would require more creative passers around him whilst Schneiderlain has proven himself to be a good player in the Premier League but sometimes gives away too many freekicks to the opposition.
It should be noted that Demba Ba once failed a medical at Stoke but he turned out to be an extremely durable player showing that prediction of injuries isn’t an exact science but it would be difficult to sign a player that your medical staff haven’t cleared.