Everton look set to miss out on 14 goal striker as Ligue 1 club in advanced negotiations with £15m man

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Everton have been linked with a long list of strikers this summer. Some of them simply look as rumours, some of them seemed recycled targets that seem to be getting linked every now and then and some are genuine targets that the Toffees have been following closely. Sheffield United striker Iliman Ndiaye is a striker target that Everton have been keeping an eye on for a ling time.

EFC enquired about the Senegalese striker in January but the Blades rejected the idea of selling Ndiaye mid season as they had the chance of securing promotion to the Premier League. Sheffield United eventually did secure Premier League football and are now willing to listen to offers for the 23 year old.

Ndiaye has 12 months left on his contract and the chances of a renewal at the Bramall Lane are dim. He was excellent in the Championship, scoring 14 goals and assisting 11 goals in 46 Championship games. A total of 27 goal contributions last season across all competitions has seen Ndiaye attract interest from several clubs.

Everton receive blow in Iliman Nidaye chase as player prefers Marseille move

The Toffees are said to be one of the most interested sides in England but are facing competition from Olympique Marseille. The Ligue 1 club want to sign the Senegal international but at their own terms and have already got their plan in motion. In fact, Marseille seem to be leading the race for Nidaye. According to Fabrizio Romano, Marseille are in advanced negotiations with Ndiaye over personal terms.

An agreement between the player and the club is expected soon as a five year deal is on the table. The 23 year old also wants a move to his former club and the club that he supported when he was a young boy. Marseille and Sheffield United are yet to start contacts but negotiations regarding the transfer fee are expected to take place soon.

Everton look to miss out on Ndiaye too. After failing in Viktor Gyokeres’ chase and also falling behind Atalanta in El Bilal Toure race, the Toffees are in for another blow in their striker hunt. Although, a deal is yet to be confirmed and a transfer fee is yet to be agreed, the player wanting a move and preferring Marseille does slim EFC’s chances of signing Ndiaye. Perhaps, the Toffees will now look at other potential striker targets available in the market.

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