Mohammed Kudus reveals thoughts on Everton move after collapsed summer deal
Everton saw their approach for Mohammed Kudus fall flat in the summer, but it wasn’t due to a lack of interest from the player.
Frank Lampard reinforced his Toffees squad with a handful of signings over the summer, with Dwight McNeil coming in to add depth to the wide positions.
However, the former Burnley winger wasn’t Lampard’s first choice, with the Everton boss instead pursuing Kudus’ signature before a move fell through.
The Independent reported back in September that Everton launched a £15million bid for the Ajax winger, but the Eredivisie side weren’t willing to sell Kudus after already losing so many first-team stars.
Kudus has since opened up on his failed move, and insisted that he saw Everton as a “good project” before the move fell through.
Speaking to The Guardian, Kudus said: “I thought [Everton] was a good project for me and why not?
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“It’s not like it’s my first season at Ajax, it’s my third. So, if I’m not seeing the progress I’m looking for then why not try something else?”
Everton are still lacking in attacking depth and Lampard would love nothing more than to reignite interest in Kudus as soon as possible.
But a January move would be incredibly difficult. The 22-year-old has enjoyed a very productive season at Ajax both domestically and in the Champions League.
His performances have no doubt attracted more attention from European clubs and also hiked Ajax’s asking price. With plenty of transfer business to be done at Goodison Park, Everton probably can’t afford to splash the entire budget on bringing Kudus in – regardless of how talented he is.
Unfortunately, it looks as though Everton have missed the boat for the talented Ghanaian, who going off his comments is still looking for a way out of Amsterdam either in January or in the summer.
If Kudus is still at Ajax in the summer then Everton could refresh their interest in him, although it’s likely to be double if not triple the price of their summer bid.