Everton finds themselves in need of a striker this summer and has compiled a list of potential players who could enhance their attacking prowess, writes the PRT.
Acquiring a reliable forward is a top priority for Sean Dyche, as the Toffees are determined to avoid a repeat of last season’s shortcomings. In the past, there were rumors linking Sheffield United striker Iliman Ndiaye to Everton, and recent developments suggest progress regarding his future.
Throughout a significant portion of the season, Everton lacked a dependable striker due to Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s injury troubles, and Neal Maupay failed to provide assurances of his goal-scoring abilities. Demarai Gray was temporarily deployed in the central striker role, where he performed adequately.
During the January transfer window, Everton attempted to sign a forward but were unsuccessful in their endeavors. Ndiaye from Sheffield United was one of their targets, but the Championship club staunchly refused to part ways with him. In fact, Everton even submitted a bid for the Senegalese forward on the transfer deadline day, which Sheffield United rejected. The Blades were hopeful of earning promotion to the Premier League and were keen on retaining their star player.
Ndiaye played a crucial role for Sheffield United, as they finished second in the Championship table and secured direct promotion to the top flight of English football. The 23-year-old impressed with 14 goals and 11 assists in 46 Championship appearances, making him the club’s leading goal-scorer and assist provider.
Sheffield United’s stance on Ndiaye’s transfer has seemingly shifted since January. With his contract expiring in 2024, they are no longer determined to hold onto him. Football Insider reports that the Blades are now open to offers for Ndiaye, considering the interest he has garnered from several teams. As he only has one year remaining on his contract at Bramall Lane, Sheffield United is willing to entertain offers.
Efforts to negotiate a new contract between Ndiaye and Sheffield United have hit an impasse, as both parties are at odds over the terms. Each passing day diminishes the likelihood of a contract renewal. Sheffield United may opt to sell players in order to have a larger transfer budget this summer, and Ndiaye is among the players who could be offloaded.
Everton could revive their interest in Ndiaye, who is currently valued at £15 million according to Transfermarkt. Given their financial constraints, the Merseyside club must seek out smart deals and cannot afford to make significant expenditures.