Everton are hopeful of signing a second Chelsea player after Roberto Martinez announced the club was also closing in on Belgian wonderkid David Henen in a £1.5m deal.
The Merseyside club wants to take Christian Atsu on a season-long loan to Goodison Park and were believed to be close to finalising a deal.
But talks with the 22-year-old winger have since come to a standstill amid interest from clubs including West Ham, Aston Villa and Celtic.
The Ghanian was sent to Vitesse Arnhem on loan by Jose Mourinho last season and the Portuguese manager is happy to do so again this season.
Martinez is keen on strengthening the Toffees in wide positions and is thought to have been talking about Atsu when, following a 1-1 draw with FC Porto on Sunday, he told evertontv: "Hopefully we will have another new player coming in.
"We are looking for a wide player that is going to help us in a position that we need to strengthen going into the season.
"We are going to take as long as we need but hopefully it will be earlier rather than later."
Everton have so far added Gareth Barry, Muhamed Besic and £28m club-record Romelu Lukaku to their first team squad during the summer transfer window.
The stalemate for Atsu comes as Everton are close to finalising a move for Anderlecht teenager David Henen.
The Belgian is highly regarded in his home country and had been brought to the attention of Manchester United while Sir Alex Ferguson was in charge.
The 18-year-old forward will train and play with the Club's Under-21s squad once the move goes through.
Martinez continued: "David is only a young man and we believe this is the perfect environment for him to develop and fulfil his potential and we would love to find a way to sign him. But that doesn't mean he's going to go into the first-team at all.
"He's a young promising footballer and we think he would be perfect for the group of Under-21s that we have created."