Li Tie Could Return

Li Tie will return to China before the start of the Premiership season if Everton fail to agree a price with Liaoning Bodao for the midfielder.

Liaoning are holding out for a fee in excess of £1m for the 25-year-old, who played the full 90 minutes of Everton's 1-0 win at Rochdale on Tuesday.

Although he is currently training with the Blues and able to play in pre-season friendlies, the fact that his contract expired on June 30th now means he cannot play any competitive fixtures for Everton until a deal is sealed.

David Moyes is interested in making Li Tie's deal permanent, but believes that in a depressed market his former club are asking too much.

"Li Tie is over here to work with us and benefit from the training facilities," said Moyes.

"We are quite happy to have him here, but we would only do business if the price was right.

"I think the valuation is too high in the current market."

Talks between both clubs are still ongoing.

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