Everton manager David Moyes hopes to sign Johnny Heitinga before the transfer window closes on Tuesday after agreeing a fee with Atletico Madrid for the Dutch defender.
Moyes is believed to have offered £5 million (€5.6 million) for the Netherlands international, but the deal is still some way from completion. Speaking after Sunday's dramatic 2-1 victory over Wigan at Goodison Park, Moyes said: "We have not as yet agreed personal terms. I hope we will be able to do that soon, but we have not as yet concluded that part of the move."
Moyes unveiled two new signings in the Wigan match, with French defender Sylvain Distin and Russia winger Diniyar Bilyaletdinov both making their debuts. Wigan led early in the second half through Paul Scharner before a Louis Saha header and Leighton Baines' injury-time penalty, after Emmerson Boyce fouled Brazilian striker Jo, gave the Toffees their first league win of the season.
"We deserved to win that one, and I feel the penalty decision was correct," said Moyes after the match. "Jo's leg was clipped and he went down.
"For a while I felt we were not even going to get a point. Sometimes you do not get what you deserve. But I felt we controlled the first half and our play improved. Wigan were very competitive.
"When you lose a couple of games like they have, the first thing you do is to make sure things tighten up, and Wigan did that and made it difficult for us. That penalty decision could be key to the way our season goes. We could not afford to go into the international break without a victory."