And Moyes has gone back to Barnsley, the club who sold him John Stones when he was at Everton, for another promising centre-half Alfie Mawson, whose £3m move could go through today.
The Black Cats’ chief says it is “realistic” to expect that the pair will be joined on Wearside by Rubin Kazan midfielder Yann M’Vila and a new striker before September 1 without cashing in on Kone.
To add to Moyes’ early-season woes, Vito Mannone was taken to hospital yesterday with a fractured elbow injury which will sideline him for several weeks.
England under-21 keeper Jordan Pickford was already lined up to play tonight with Moyes expected to rest striker Jermain Defoe.
Ominously, in his first Cup tie as Everton boss, Moyes lost to the Shrews, who he captained as a player.
“It was one of my lowest points as a manager,” he said.