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Everton new-boy ‘blew £22K on pet horse’

Everton are splashing out about £8 million on Netherlands international Leroy Fer from FC Twente and the midfielder will certainly be glad of any signing bonus.

That is because less than two months ago, Fer splashed out £22,000 on a pet horse for his girlfriend, only to then discover she couldn’t accept it as she lived in a block of flats.

Fer was understandably ridiculed by his team-mates for the gaffe although there is no indication that 'horse-gate' was a factor in his decision to flee for Merseyside.

Fer purchased the horse, named Django, at an auction for former racehorses, and then presented it as a surprise gift to his better half.

When she said she could not keep the gift due to a lack of stable space in her urban area, Fer had no option but to get rid of the horse.

He said at the time: "I was serious: he's a lovely horse. It was just not meant to be."

Everton confirmed Fer is on his way to Merseyside to discuss a contract and undergo his medical, and the move is expected to be confirmed within 24 hours.

The Toffees are thought to be paying around £8 million for Fer, who joined Twente from Feyenoord in 2011 - reports claim they will finance the deal in installments.

Despite the club's limited financial means, Fer's arrival will not herald the departure of key players such as Marouane Fellaini or Leighton Baines.

Fer has won two senior caps for the Netherlands and was a regular in the U21 side.