Moyes deterred by Distin fee

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David Moyes has baulked at the £7 million asking price for Manchester City defender Sylvain Distin.

The Everton boss had been keen to bring the French centre half to Goodison Park to add more quality to his squad ahead of next season's UEFA Champions League challenge.

Distin had been the subject of preliminary talks between Everton chairman Bill Kenwright and his City counterpart John Wardle.

But it appears Everton have now shifted their sights to Udinese stopper Per Kroldrup, after Moyes conceded he would not pay over the odds for Distin.

"Distin is a good player but £7 million is a huge sum of money for a central defender," said Moyes.

The Toffees manager is thought to have been willing to pay around £5 million for Distin, who is now likely to either stay at The City of Manchester Stadium or wait for further interest, with Aston Villa rumoured to be keen.

Meanwhile, Moyes has scotched talk that he is planning to make a bid for Norwich City goalkeeper Robert Green.

Reports over the weekend claimed that Everton were lining up a £2.5 million offer for the England international after Norwich's relegation from The Premiership.

Moyes, though, has denied he is looking for goalkeeping reinforcements as he is happy to have Nigel Martyn and Richard Wright in his squad.

He told the club's official website: "I'm happy with the goalkeeping situation that we have here."