Tottenham Hotspur were one of the teams interested in signing Brazilian winger Bernard earlier this summer but the free agent wanted a wage packet of £200,000 per week, according to The Guardian.
Spurs are yet to make an additions this summer and have only a few more days before the transfer window closes until January.
There has been talk of Tottenham adding a new winger with pace and trickery to Mauricio Pochettino’s squad, with the likes of Wilfried Zaha regularly linked with a switch to North London.
Bernard would have appealed given that he is a free agent after leaving Shakhtar but if the wage demands reported are correct, Spurs would never have agreed to his request.
The latest report suggests that South American has lowered his salary expectations and will undergo a medical at Everton on Tuesday ahead of a potential move to Goodison Park.
In reality, Tottenham need new players – but really would make a statement by adding stars that would improve the starting XI or be in the running for a regular place in the team.
With the likes of Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli, Son Heung-min, Erik Lamela and Lucas Moura all battling it out for an attacking midfield slot, Bernard would have been nothing short of a fringe player at Spurs.
As such, paying wages in excess of what the afore-mentioned stars currently earn was out of the question.
With the clock closing in on the window closing, Tottenham fans wait to see if Daniel Levy can pull off a late deal – but there is every chance that the Spurs squad will go unchanged ahead of the new Premier League season starting at the weekend.