Doncaster Rovers have dropped their interest in signing young Everton midfielder Conor Grant on a permanent basis.
Rovers had a bid for Grant accepted by Everton prior to the January transfer window but the 22-year-old instead opted to return for a second loan spell.
Grant, who is under contract at Goodison Park until 2018, was a regular in boss Darren Ferguson’s starting eleven but was dropped for the first time at Hartlepool United at the weekend.
Rovers, who today issued their released list, said on their website: “Conor Grant has returned to parent club Everton after his loan expired, and Rovers will not pursue a permanent move at this time.”
Rovers chief executive Gavin Baldwin revealed earlier this year that a deal for Grant had been informally agreed between the two clubs.
Further talks with the player had been expected this summer, although Ferguson was coy on the deal last month when he was quizzed by a Rovers fan at a Radio Sheffield talk-in.
“The finances are informally agreed,” said Baldwin in February.
“Conor has high expectations and why not? Now he’s got to prove himself to Darren Ferguson by the end of the season and we’ve almost got to prove ourselves to him as well.”