Everton came “very close” to signing Ajax midfielder Mohammed Kudus in the summer, according to journalist Patrick Boyland.
The Lowdown: Late Offer Rejected
The Independent have claimed that the Toffees had a £15m bid for the 22-year-old rejected before the deadline because the Eredivisie giants had already sold some of their other household names.
The Ghanaian, who is currently at the World Cup, admitted afterwards that he wanted to make the switch to the Premier League in search of more game time, and it seems that his next destination was almost certainly Goodison Park.
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The latest: Kudus crash update
Taking to Twitter, Boyland relayed quotes from Kudus during a new interview with Joy Sport where the player revealed he almost put pen to paper on Merseyside. He wrote:
“Ajax and Ghana’s Mohammed Kudus has said he was ‘very close’ to joining Everton in the summer and spoke to Frank Lampard about a possible move.
“I thought it was a good project for me and I felt I had to try it,” he told Joy Sport.
The Verdict: Is it worth another try?
Even though Everton couldn’t seal a deal in the window that just went, that doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll be successful again, so it might be worth a second try.
The Accra native has bagged 12 goals in 21 outings in all competitions this term and currently averages 1.8 shots and 1.6 dribbles per league per 90 minutes (WhoScored).
The Toffees are the joint second-fewest team in the division this season, but the creative addition of Kudus in 2023 could help change that.
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