Everton need to go striker shopping this summer and they have a list of potential players who can improve their attack. Signing a striker is one of the top priorities for Sean Dyche as the Toffees cannot have a repeat of last season. Sheffield United striker Iliman Ndiaye has been linked with a move in the past and there have now been developments regarding his future.
Everton were without a reliable striker for a large part of the season as Dominic Calvert-Lewin remain sidelined with injuries and Neal Maupay was not able to provide assurances of his goalscoring abilities. Demarai Gray was drafted into the central striker role where he did a satisfactory job.
EFC tried to sign a forward in January but failed to bring in any player during the winter transfer window. The Merseysiders targeted Ndiaye from Sheffield United too but the then Championship club were too stubborn to let him go. As per a report, EFC even launched a bid for the Senegalese forward on the transfer deadline day which was rejected by Sheffield United. The Blades were hopeful of securing promotion to the Premier League and wanted to keep hold of their star man.
Sheffield United ready to sell Everton target Iliman Ndiaye
Ndiaye was a talismanic presence for Sheffield United as they finished second in the Championship table and secured direct promotion to the English Top Flight. The 23 year old netted 14 goals and provided 11 assists in 46 Championship games, ending up as the club’s highest goal getter and assist leader.
Sheffield United’s transfer stance on Ndiaye seems to have changed from January. They no longer seem adamant to keep Ndiaye as his deal is expiring in 2024. According to Football Insider, the Blades are willing to listen to offers for EFC target Ndiaye. With the 23 year old subject of interest from several teams, Sheffield United will listen to offers as he has only 12 months left on his contract at Bramall Lane.
Sheffield tried to tie him down to a new contract but Ndiaye and the club are apart on the contract terms and the chances of a renewal are diminishing with each passing day. Sheffield could look to sell players to have a bigger transfer budget this summer and Ndiaye is one of the players that could be sold.
Everton could revive their interest in Ndiaye who is valued at £15 million by Transfermarkt. The Merseysiders cannot afford to spend big and need to look for such smart deals.
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