Everton Tigers are still hoping to acquire a last-minute Stateside signing to boost their BBL play-off hopes, despite seeing a deal for their primary target fall through.
American forward Johnny Dukes was due to arrive on Merseyside last week to fill the void left by Flo Larkai's move to Japan.
However Tigers coach Tony Garbelotto has revealed that the move for the Turkish League star was scuppered at the eleventh hour, leaving him to renew his search ahead of Monday's extended deadline.
“He'd not been paid for two months and he wanted to leave,” the Everton coach confirmed. “However the coach was fired, the GM who recruited him took over, and we got a call to say that he'd received his money, plus a bonus, and was no longer being released.
“We now have someone else lined up who happened to be coming to London this week. So it was a no-brainer. But it won't be 110 per cent certain and a done deal until he's in Liverpool.”
The potential recruit, however, will not be available for Sunday's Trophy semi-final, first leg, against Newcastle.