By Daniel Feliciano

24th Aug, 2022 | 8:40am

Everton move for Mohammed Kudus stalls amid £80m Ajax development

Mohammed Kudus’ protracted move to Everton this summer is stalling because of Manchester United’s £80m pursuit of Ajax ace Antony, according to The Mirror.

The Toffees believed they had agreed a deal with the Dutch giants two weeks ago, with Fabrizio Romano confirming that personal terms had been agreed already.

However with Manchester United pushing ahead with a move for fellow forward Antony, Ajax are reluctant to lose two forwards this close to the transfer deadline and are now holding the deal up.

Kudus is a number ten who has represented Ghana at international level and was expected to bolster the attacking third of the pitch for Everton.

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This has been a tough transfer window for Everton in the attacking department of the pitch, with Richarlison being sold, Dominic Calvert-Lewin injured again, Anthony Gordon on the verge of an exit and only Dwight McNeil coming in.

Kudus would’ve been a welcome addition for the club with big reinforcements needed, but it’ll be really difficult to get this over the line now with the Antony deal seemingly inevitable at this point.

It’s clear why Ajax would be prioritising the big money sale over the loan-to-buy deal, but there should still be some optimism over the deal.

Ajax want to sign Hakim Ziyech and if they’re able to get him in, then the Kudus deal could be revived which would be a huge boost to the squad’s creativity issues with the window closing in just eight days.

Lampard knows what he needs, with strikers also being targeted to help the squad having scored just twice in the opening three games with just one point earned so far.

But as the deadline looms, the Toffees may need to start looking at alternative options just in case because they can’t afford to go into the rest of the season without strengthening in attack.