By Pranav Shahaney

29th Nov, 2022 | 12:40pm

Ajax were reportedly never close to selling Mohammed Kudus over the summer despite Everton being keen on signing him.

According to Sport Witness journalist Sean Lunt, Kudus’ agent jumped the gun which led to the Toffees briefing the media about them being close to completing a move.

The Ajax attacker is now shining for Ghana at the World Cup and is being linked with moves to Champions League clubs.

Via Twitter, Lunt wrote, “Kudus and Everton chat is funny now he’s shining at the World Cup. Ajax were never close to selling him to Everton after the summer they’d had. His agent jumped the gun, Everton briefed their favourites and they all ended up looking a bit stupid.”

Chance gone?

Everton fans surely will feel a bit let down that they did not sign a player who is now shining on the greatest stage of them all.

While Ajax were not keen on selling him, he was pretty obviously angling for a move away from the club and ended up creating a bit of a scene on transfer deadline day.

He wanted a move to Goodison Park and even agreed personal terms with the Toffees but a move failed to materialise at the eleventh hour.

Now, the chances of Everton signing him are very low as clubs with bigger transfer budgets are being thrown into the mix.

Even his stock is on the rise and he would want to play for teams in the Champions League rather than move to someone fighting a relegation battle.

The failure to sign Kudus should not mean that they do not sign another attacker in the January transfer window as that is an important position that needs strengthening in.