By Jonty Banks

29th Nov, 2022 | 12:10pm

Everton can expect increased January competition if they go for Mohammed Kudos

Everton can expect to have a transfer battle on their hands if they reignite interest in Ghanaian forward Mohammed Kudus during the January transfer window, according to the Liverpool Echo.

The Toffees were close to signing the Ajax attacker last summer after he “spoke to Lampard” regarding the Merseyside project – but ultimately failed to get the deal over the line. [Liverpool Echo]

Since failing to sign Kudus, the 22-year-old has started the season in stunning fashion, netting ten times this season and registering two assists in 21 matches.

He opened his World Cup scoring account on Monday (28 November) when netting twice in Ghana’s thrilling 3-2 win over South Korea, which gives Otoo Addo’s side a more than realistic chance of qualifying for the last 16 knockout stages.

According to the Liverpool Echo, Frank Lampard “may well reignite their interest in January” but will need to brace himself for “increased competition”, with the forward proving a popular asset following his recent heroics.

Out priced

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A January bid for Kudus would make complete sense for an Everton side devoid of attacking impetus and lacking the attacking personnel to score goals on a regular basis.

A move for the Ghanaian may prove a difficult one, though, with the 22-year-old enjoying life at Ajax and the prospect of Champions League football.

His recent goalscoring form for Ghana would have added the usual ‘World Cup tax’ onto his price tag and the attacker is now likely to have a number of potential suitors after his services.

If the price tag continues to climb, Lampard may well be out-priced, with the Toffees boss looking to improve his squad in several areas in January.

It is unlikely the club will splash their whole budget on Kudos in January, but if the forward remains at Ajax till the summer, Everton may well then stand a chance of refreshing their interest with a hefty bid.