On the national radio channel, boyhood Evertonian Barton claimed that Kenwright refused to sanction further spending after the Blues committed to £140m in new signings while receiving what would end up being £102m from the sales of Lukaku and Gerard Deulofeu. “I think Koeman was trying to get in another striker, and if it had been down to him he would have," Barton said earlier this month. "They wanted and identified targets to try to bring in.
“I think the issue was Kenwright, from what I gather. He's still the custodian in terms of being chairman. Koeman and [Farhad] Moshiri thought they would have money to spend but Kenwright was wanting to watch the budget, and didn't want to over-spend.”
Host Alan Brazil read out an apology to Everton and to Kenwright on TalkSport this morning that read:
“A view was expressed on the programme regarding the failure to sign a striker at the end of the transfer window.
“Everton Football Club have informed us this was totally untrue, they say, and entirely without foundation and that the chairman and the owner worked side by side with one another to the last minutes of the window to secure a striker, just as they had done throughout the window.
“We are happy to broadcast this right of reply and apologise to Everton and Bill Kenwright.”