Everton are reportedly interested in signing Sheffield United star Iliman Ndiaye before the transfer window shuts next week and his arrival at Goodison Park could allow Farhad Moshiri to move on from the Arnaut Danjuma disappointment.
The Dutch winger was expected to join on loan from Villarreal but changed his mind after the sacking of Frank Lampard, subsequently scoring on his debut for Tottenham Hotspur against Preston North End last weekend.
New manager Sean Dyche will undoubtedly need attacking additions before Tuesday’s deadline if he is going to keep the Toffees in the Premier League, especially after Anthony Gordon’s move to Newcastle United was confirmed.
Therefore, it is no surprise to see them linked with one of the Championship’s brightest young talents in Ndiaye, who is playing a huge role in Paul Heckingbottom’s side this season as they aim to return to the Premier League.
Journalist Fabrizio Romano revealed the interest last week, suggesting that Everton are “tracking” the youngster.
The Senegal international, who is valued at around £15m, has made 28 appearances in the second tier, contributing ten goals and seven assists in that time, earning a superb 7.22 rating from WhoScored for his performances.
Considering no player with more than five appearances in Everton’s squad has averaged above a 6.90 rating this season from WhoScored, while Alex Iwobi has the most goal contributions with six, it seems clear the quality that Ndiaye could add at Goodison Park.
Ndiaye is showing similar form in the Championship to Danjuma, who starred with Bournemouth before his move to Spain, contributing 17 goals and seven assists for the Cherries in the 2020/21 campaign.
However, his form in Spain this season had seen him manage just two goals for Villarreal, so Everton would certainly be landing the more in-form player if they can complete a deal for the “outstanding” – as dubbed by reporter Alan Biggs – Ndiaye this month.
Like the Dutchman, the second-tier star excels at dribbling and could feature anywhere in the final third for Everton, so could definitely fill the gap left by the failed signing of Danjuma in Dyche’s squad.
Therefore, Moshiri should definitely be looking to get a deal done for the Sheffield United star before Tuesday’s deadline.
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