Everton have been fined £45,000 by the Football Association after being found guilty of making an illegal approach to a Nottingham Forest player in 2010.
The Merseyside club have been sanctioned by the FA after breaching regulations relating to football agents over the incident involving Jamaal Lascelles, who was at the time part of Forest's scholarship programme.
Both Lascelles and his then-agent Andy Niedzwiecki were also heavily criticised by the FA, with Niedzwiecki was fined £10,000 and warned as to his conduct. The player is still at Forest, with speculation about a move to a Premier League club still rife.
An FA statement read: "Everton have been fined £45,000 and warned as to their future conduct after breaching the FA's football agent regulations."
"The breach relates to the club's unauthorised approach to Jamaal Lascelles whilst the player was under a scholarship agreement at Nottingham Forest in the latter part of 2010."
"Andy Niedzwiecki, the football agent who was representing Mr Lascelles at the time, has been fined and Jamaal Lascelles, who also admitted his part in the affair, has been severely warned as to his future conduct."
"The time-frame for any appeal has passed."