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Mohammed Kudus could become a “legend” for Everton are the Toffees are favourites to sign him over Liverpool, according to Kevin Campbell.
The Ajax attacker came close to leaving the Netherlands for Goodison prior to the start of the season but was prevented, with the 22-year-old since confirming he wanted to make the move, and has been a standout for both club and country since.
A fight between the two Merseyside rivals has been mooted by De Telegraaf’s Mike Verweij, which Sky Sports pundit Campbell believes the blue side of the city is in pole position to win, after the Black Stars man was knocked out of the World Cup following the 2-0 defeat to Uruguay on Friday (2 December).
On whether the ship has sailed on the Ghana star to arrive at the club he exclusively told Goodison News: “No, Kudus wanted to join Everton. Ajax pulled they plug didn’t they?
“So I don’t see why he wouldn’t want to join Everton.
“Obviously if Liverpool come in there’s the big question. Is he going to play?
“Because they’ve got an embarrassment of riches, they’ve done very well of late and they’re the club in the Champions League.
“But there’s a legacy to be had at Everton if he comes in and can fire the goals in. Oooh, what a legend he’s going to be on the blue side of Merseyside.
“I think Frank Lampard being at the helm really is going to help that recruitment side.
“So I think Everton will probably be slight favourites because he’s spoken to them and he wanted to join.”
The confidence that Campbell has is exactly what Everton fans would like to believe, and given that Kudus’ main concern when trying to get himself out of Amsterdam was playing time there is solid logic to it.
But Ajax know they have a prime asset on their hands, and his price will have only gone one direction with his performances this season, including at the World Cup.
Jurgen Klopp’s side have greater spending power, but have invested a lot into attacking positions in recent months, while Frank Lampard badly needs a spark in that department, so if there is a chance to work out a deal between the clubs Kudus may still be interested.
The concern has to be that, having starred in the Champions League he wants to remain in the competition, but at his age he could take a queue from upcoming Goodison star Amadou Onana, who starts every week.