Everton still have a good opportunity in January of making a move for Alax and Ghana star Mohammed Kudus, according to a Ghanian source.
The Blues’ tried to sign the highly-rated Kudus in the summer. But, despite getting a fair way down the road to a deal, Everton weren’t able to complete it and he stayed in Holland.
Apparently, the 22-year-old was very keen to make a move to Merseyside but Ajax ultimately weren’t prepared to let him go and the prospective deal fell through.
Something similar happened with several other possible attacking signings, such as Ben Brereton-Diaz, a player who was also allegedly close to joining the Toffees’ in the summer transfer window.
Since then Kudus has been excelling in the Eredivisie and Champions League in particular. And, over the last month, he has been a standout performer for his country at the World Cup.
So, inevitably given all that, he has caught the eye of a number of top European clubs and it’s likely there would be some serious competition for the Toffees’ if they revived their interest in him.
To be honest it feels like the chance to get this player has passed and I fear even if manager Frank Lampard still wants him, Everton will be priced out and face competition from clubs whose football offers they can’t match.
Kudus certainly has some excellent qualities and if he were to reproduce the sort of form -especially goalscoring form – he’s shown so far this season, he would undoubtedly improve the Blues’ woeful attack considerably.
However, I think the Toffees’ will have to look elsewhere now for the attacking reinforcements they desperately need in the New Year.
In other news regarding forwards, Everton have announced that Salomon Rondon’s contract with the club has been terminated by mutual agreement.
Rondon, a Rafa Benitez signing in the summer of 2021, hasn’t ever shown that he has the qualities the Blues’ need and his best seems a long time ago now.
This decision does though further underline the need for the club to bring in at least two more forwards in January.
With Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s fitness always in question, Everton only have one senior out-and-out striker, Neal Maupay, in the squad.
Rondon’s departure might pave the way for Under-21’s centre-forward Tom Cannon to get more playing time in the first-team during the second half of the season.
The young striker has been having a hugely impressive campaign for the Under-21’s and has also had some playing time in the senior side too.
So, perhaps this decision might turn out to be a very good one not only saving the club some much-needed cash in wages but giving a talented young player a real chance to impress.