By Daniel Feliciano

27th Nov, 2022 | 2:40pm

Fabrizio Romano shares fresh update on future of Everton linked Mohammed Kudus

Fabrizio Romano believes there is nothing concrete in fresh links for Mohammed Kudus to leave Ajax in January, as Everton continue to monitor him.

The Ghana international was close to joining Everton during the summer on loan with an option to make the deal permanent, before the Dutch champions vetoed the move after selling Antony to Manchester United.

Everton remain interested, and Kudus has shone this season with ten goals and two assists in 23 appearances, which has seen him linked with a big-money move away. But according to Romano, there is “nothing concrete”.

“There’s been fresh speculation about Mohammed Kudus, but at the moment there’s nothing concrete on this one,” he said on his CaughtOffside substack update (27 November).

“Kudus was close to joining Everton in the summer then deal collapsed because Ajax wanted to keep their best players after selling [Ryan] Gravenberch, Lisandro [Martinez] and Antony.”

Dream deal

It’s fair to say that not many people knew much about Kudus when Everton were linked with a move to him in the summer, and the excitement was more about a transfer in general than it being him.

That was evident when the deal collapsed and nobody batted an eyelid, but it’s proven to be a nightmare scenario considering just how good he has been this season.

Whether playing through the middle as a central striker or out wide, he has shown that he is a brilliantly, creative individual who works hard and has moments of magic in his locker.

That is exactly what Everton need to add to the squad after struggling in the final third so far this season, but it’ll take a monumental effort for them to sign him now that the rest of Europe has been alerted to his qualities.

Being part of the Ghana squad at the World Cup won’t help matters either, with Al-Jazeera claiming he has a “God-like” status in his homeland.

They must work hard and quickly to get a deal done, but if they can do it then it would be a stunning bit of business and one that everyone will deserve a lot of credit for getting over the line.