Everton close to completing deal for Ajax midfielder Mohammed Kudus

The Ghanaian international attacking midfielder has failed to establish himself at Ajax in the last two seasons with a fresh start at struggling Everton offering a fresh start in a World Cup year

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Struggling Everton is right back where they started under Frank Lampard in the opening weeks of the 2022-23 Premier League campaign after the Toffees lost their opening two fixtures against Chelsea and Aston Villa and are already sitting in the relegation zone.

A distinct lack of attacking quality has already been exposed at Goodison Park after the departure of key man Richarlison on the back of Dominic Calvert-Lewin still laid up in drydock, with a real absence in the creativity department still evident and glaring in equal measure.

Despite a credible move for Burnley’s Dwight McNeil earlier in the window, Everton needs more quality in the attacking third if they are to kickstart their ability to find the back of the net with any amount of regularly and look set to turn to Ghanaian attacking midfielder Mohammed Kudus to hopefully add some life upfront.

As detailed by transfer insider Fabrizio Romano citing an initial report via Football Insider, Lampard’s outfit are on the verge of being reinforced by the 22-year-old Ghanaian international and Ajax midfielder after his failure to secure regular minutes in Amsterdam over the last two seasons.

Everton is said to be in the final stages of negotiations with the Dutch giants after the club already agreed to personal terms with the Accra native, who first rose to prominence at Danish youth production pipeline FC Nordsjælland in two credible seasons from 2018-2020.

Kudus is one of the most prominent graduates of the Ghana-based Right to Dream Academy along with Stade Rennais starlet Kamaldeen Sulemana, who also plied his trade at Nordsjælland before getting a bigger move after he too shone for Tigrene.

But Kudus has managed just 45 appearances for Ajax, most of which came in a substitute capacity over the last two years, but remains one of the brighter young talents in Ghana’s national player pool.

His ability to be deployed as a mobile 8, attacking 10, or as a number 9 could serve him in good stead at Everton given the little attacking reliability in midfield or in the forward line despite a myriad of options in the senior team under Lampard.

When the anticipated deal is finalized, Kudus should be able to provide cover for Calvert-Lewin upon his return to full fitness while also offering a different tactical profile in the heart of midfield to the clubs’ four deep-sitting midfielders, freeing Alex Iwobi to once again be deployed on the flank while potentially replacing Dele Alli in the squad after the former Tottenham star looked reportedly set to depart for Turkish giants Besiktas FK.

Andrew Thompson

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