Reports: Everton to sign Kudus from Ajax

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Updated Everton have lined up a season-long loan deal with Ajax for attacking midfielder Mohammed Kudus according to reports in England but the Dutch press claim no move is on the cards.

Paul Joyce of The Times says that the Blues have an agreement with the Dutch club to sign the 22-year-old this month with an option to make the move permanent next summer, corroborating an earlier tweet from Football Insider that negotiations were at an advanced stage. 

However, journalists Mike Verweij from De Telegraaf and Freek Jansen of VI in the Netherlands says that no club has made an offer for Kudus and that Ajax would have no intention of letting him go anyway.

Kudus, a highly-rated Ghana international who can operate as No. 10, was snapped up from Danish side Nordsjælland on a five-year contract by Ajax two years ago. His time in the Netherlands has not been without its injury problems, however.

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He was sidelined for three months by a knee injury between October 2020 and January 2021 and his 2021-22 campaign was disrupted at the outset by an ankle injury and then midway through by a rib fracture. 

Nevertheless, he was being talked about only this week in terms of serious interest from Tottenham Hotspur who were said to be eyeing a move for him in the January transfer window. French side Nice were also reportedly keen on signing him.

Kudus could be Kevin Thelwell's alternative to Morgan Gibbs-White who signed for tomorrow's opponents Nottingham Forest in a deal that could reach north of £45m.

A report by Jonathan Percy in The Telegraph claims that Everton tried to hijack his switch from Wolves to the City Ground at the last minute by matching Forest's bid but were unsuccessful.


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Sam Hoare
1 Posted 19/08/2022 at 18:46:46
Joyce and Bobble reporting that we are signing Mohammed Kudus on loan from Ajax.

Interesting young AMC, who is fast and powerful, good running with ball and can shoot. Could be quite a player though has had a few injury issues.

Joe Digney
2 Posted 19/08/2022 at 18:54:31
Looks like footyinsider wasn't talking rubbish and we are actually about to sign this young lad from Ajax.

Plays as a Number 10, aged 22 got huge potential and talent by all accounts but his injury record isn't the best since 2020. Fingers crossed he can stay fit and we have a real player on our hands.

Sam Hoare
3 Posted 19/08/2022 at 18:55:09
Interesting. Good young player. Some injury concerns but a Number 10 with high potential.
Colin Glassar
4 Posted 19/08/2022 at 18:55:35
Kudos to Kudus.
Jim Bennings
5 Posted 19/08/2022 at 18:56:41
Do I actually see the words

"Attacking midfielder" in the same sentence as Everton?

Dale Self
6 Posted 19/08/2022 at 18:57:59
Fuck yeah we'd take that guy.
Will Mabon
7 Posted 19/08/2022 at 18:59:31
Where is the centre forward? We aren't scoring goals and we have no points.
Tony Twist
8 Posted 19/08/2022 at 19:04:39
Thank god, the news we have been waiting for, exactly what we need, a centre forward with no injury record... hang on, same old Everton. We are a laughing stock and rightly so, couldn't organise a piss-up in a brewery.
Gavin Johnson
9 Posted 19/08/2022 at 19:11:11
He looks amazing on YouTube – not that that should be a reliable gauge.

Only just turned 22 and already a regular in the Ghana squad. It sounds like injuries have stifled his Ajax career. Let's hope he stays fit and justifies us buying him next summer. Wonder what the potential fee will be?? Ajax paid €9M in the summer of 2020.

This is the kind of signing we should be making. Young player, low risk with a lot of potential.

Francis van Lierop
10 Posted 19/08/2022 at 19:12:06
Not good enough for Ajax, is he good enough for us?
I don't know the player, though I have heard of him.
Pat Kelly
11 Posted 19/08/2022 at 19:12:30
A report online "He's expected to reach his full potential this season after a tough start to life at the club due to injuries that kept him out most of the time."

He'll have to fight for his place in the treatment room. Sounds promising!

Colin Glassar
12 Posted 19/08/2022 at 19:18:12
Hope he’s not another Lacina Traore.
Kieran Kinsella
13 Posted 19/08/2022 at 19:28:05
One goal and one assist in 16 games in the league last year. Wow those are impressive numbers.

Also just a few injuries over the last few years meniscal, ribs, fitness, ankle, ankle again, concussion.

So he only missed a miserly 40 games over the last few years. He seems like a brilliant signing.

Carl Manning
14 Posted 19/08/2022 at 19:28:50
#8. Not good enough for Ajax? They're a selling club, it's what they do…. Does that mean you class Frankie de Jong or de Lijt as not good enough for Ajax cos they sold them?

He'll have had an excellent football education at Ajax, reports Ten Hag really rated him.

On loan he's no risk.

Kieran Kinsella
15 Posted 19/08/2022 at 19:30:13

"He'll have had an excellent football education at Ajax" — like Davy Klaassen.

Francis van Lierop
16 Posted 19/08/2022 at 19:37:11
Are you seriously comparing this guy with Frenkie de Jong?
The mind boggles.
Robert Tressell
17 Posted 19/08/2022 at 19:38:20
Strange signing. We were heavily linked the year before he joined Ajax after he did well for Nordsjaellend (who partner with academies in West Africa).

At that point, he was the new Michael Essien. Played more attacking at Ajax but then got a horrible injury after a great start. Looked like a rising star of European football. However, since coming back from injury he's not managed to nail down a place or position as far as I'm aware and Ajax fans not convinced.

Certainly got lots of ability, pace and drive, but possibly not very mature.

Loan with option to buy makes some sense financially. A good option for games but probably not a starter, yet.

Andy Meighan
18 Posted 19/08/2022 at 19:39:09
What's he like?
Gavin Johnson
19 Posted 19/08/2022 at 19:43:00
Dele's replacement then
Bill Gall
20 Posted 19/08/2022 at 19:43:09
Has he been shown holding the scarf or with a shirt?
Dale Self
21 Posted 19/08/2022 at 19:44:31
This is where we are. We have to pick from the bargain bin or the recently damaged and uncertain goods category. Frank has a decent rep that we could leverage into a transitory model if Thelwell holds his nerve and makes a decent deal for a striker.

On the chances taken scale, this is a good one to take in my opinion. Preferred to the Alli arrangement for damn sure.

Martin Reppion
22 Posted 19/08/2022 at 19:49:12
With a "glass half-full" view, I like the look of this one.

Loan to buy, hopefully with a fee agreed in advance. Little risk and we could have unearthed one of those upcoming stars everyone on here keeps asking for.

Still hope in the next 2 weeks we land the 2 strikers we need and maybe move on a couple of ours not getting game time. (I'm sick of typing names like Gomes, Gbamin etc.)

Robert Williams
23 Posted 19/08/2022 at 19:49:18
Colin 10 – he may have a half decent back-heel tho'!!
John Pickles
24 Posted 19/08/2022 at 19:49:53
Well that's just 3 more Number 10s to go 'till the end of the transfer window then.
Chris Hockenhull
25 Posted 19/08/2022 at 19:52:47
Francis. 8: We are not Ajax. Every time I see these comments “not good enough for us” etc. Bollocks. We are not Brentford, Wolves, Newcastle, Crystal Palace….. and so on. Get real!
Will Mabon
26 Posted 19/08/2022 at 19:56:01
"We are not Brentford, Wolves, Newcastle, Crystal Palace….. and so on. Get real."

Chris, if we get a centre-forward though, we could be. Something to aim for.

Bill Gienapp
27 Posted 19/08/2022 at 19:56:14
Such negativity. Admittedly I tend to take the glass half-full outlook with potential signings, but this is the sort of player we should be taking chances on.

There's obviously some injury concern, but that's why it's a loan – low risk, high upside. If it works out, we could have a viable Morgan Gibbs-White alternative at a fraction of the cost.

Geoff Lambert
28 Posted 19/08/2022 at 19:59:19
No-brainer, no risk. If he makes the grade, sign him; if he is not up to scratch, send him back.

Still need the striker though.

Jeff Armstrong
29 Posted 19/08/2022 at 20:01:09
Wish we were Ajax, Champions League knock-out/semis every season, oh and winners 3 times.
Peter Hopkins
30 Posted 19/08/2022 at 20:02:04
With the risk on loan, it’s what we have always did so well, Arteta, Pienaar and a few others
Gavin Johnson
31 Posted 19/08/2022 at 20:03:58
Bill #25.

I've had an old Uni mate who's a massive Wolves fan and I asked him about Gibbs-White, and he says we've been lucky to swerve him. He's never done anything in a Wolves shirt and he's been in the squad for a few years, breaking in when he was 17 or something.

He had an amazing season in the Championship but my mate doesn't think it'll translate to the Premier League. Certainly not to a level to justify the transfer fee.

Soren Moyer
37 Posted 19/08/2022 at 20:23:18
To be paired with Gbamin and Mina in the treatment room then lol.
Colin Metcalfe
38 Posted 19/08/2022 at 20:23:40
This kid looks good although YouTube clips can be deceiving.

I now guess Alli will be on his way now and unlikely that Gueye will be joining us.

Roger Gerrard
39 Posted 19/08/2022 at 20:34:46
I thought we were only allowed 2 players on loan, already have Coady & Vinagre.

Can anyone clarify the loan position for me please? Thanks

Iakovos Iasonidis
40 Posted 19/08/2022 at 20:39:32
Great potential, exactly the type of player we should be looking! I am really excited with this one to be honest, I hope we sign him.
Dave Abrahams
41 Posted 19/08/2022 at 20:42:29
Ah God, come on, give the lad a chance don't write him off before he gets here.

I don't know what he's like, never heard of him but I'm prepared to see if he's good, bad or indifferent before I give an opinion on him, like I am with the strikers when they get here, which they will.

12 more days and we can start having a look at our chances for the season.

Neil Thomas
42 Posted 19/08/2022 at 20:59:34
This lad is very direct and rapid, I think he and Onana could be just what we’ve been missing. Young exciting and quick. Definitely something we haven’t had for a long time.
Lyndon Lloyd
43 Posted 19/08/2022 at 21:01:41
Roger (38), we can only have two loan signings from within the Premier League. I thought there was a cap of 5 on loans total but recall reading somewhere recently that there might not be any restrictions on foreign loans. Either way, we have room on both the domestic and Continental front.
Bill Gall
44 Posted 19/08/2022 at 21:05:37
Dave # 40

Good comment, how many of us had thought about Onana never mind buying him. Who knows... Thelwell and his scouts may know what they are doing.

Fran Mitchell
45 Posted 19/08/2022 at 21:06:17
Out of nowhere.

Lots of negative comments, but this is promising. He has had issues that have slowed his progress, but none seem like serious issues, all non-related.

He's incredibly talented by the looks, very highly thought of, attacking, young.

People moan at overpaying and not finding the talent until they've made waves and then cost £30+ million.

This seems to be a case of trying for someone before they've made their mark. All he needs is one solid season at Ajax and he'd be valued at £40 million.

Like when we got Arteta and Pienaar, we got them because their careers had stalled.

A young attacking midfielder with high potential, signing of Onana as a young box-to-box with high high potential.

Seems we are learning.

Paul Kossoff
47 Posted 19/08/2022 at 21:27:01
Bill 44:

"Who knows... Thelwell and his scouts may know what they are doing."

We still haven't bought or loaned a striker after two Premier League games, it will be three after Forest, That makes me think that they really aren't up to it, or they aren't calling the shots. Scary to think who is.

With Leeds, Brentford, Liverpool and Arsenal coming up, we really should be set up to win some matches, God help us if we don't have 4 or 5 points before the hard games...

Kieran Kinsella
48 Posted 19/08/2022 at 21:30:56
Dave & Fran,

I try to be optimistic but sorry, I just can't – he is like Red Flag City with his stats and injuries. He will be deadwood on arrival – although this is probably another fake story like the Gueye deal that Bobble, Romano and all the "experts" had wrapped up weeks ago.

Mark Ryan
49 Posted 19/08/2022 at 21:33:14
It's summat like 2 loans from Premier League and 5 or 7 from elsewhere in the world.
Dave Abrahams
51 Posted 19/08/2022 at 21:49:20
Kieran (49),

You've certainly got your sad head on today mate!! Can't you even pretend you like him? To be honest none of us know how he will turn out but wait and see at least.

Drew O’Neall
52 Posted 19/08/2022 at 21:50:52
Kevin Thelwell: Hold my beer.
Tony Everan
53 Posted 19/08/2022 at 21:58:08
The reports say there is an "option to buy" clause which is good news. Doesn't say how much for though.
Mal van Schaick
54 Posted 19/08/2022 at 22:04:07
Another stab in the dark. I’ll keep an open mind, in the hope it’s not another flop.
Jerome Shields
55 Posted 19/08/2022 at 22:06:08
He is good on the right and left foot. Does have some pace and skill. Looks like a good footballer. Alhough he dislikes tracking back and tackling.
Bill Gall
56 Posted 19/08/2022 at 22:12:41
Paul #48,

With our financial position, who do you believe we can get as a decent striker on loan or cheap, unless you believe we should sell Gordon and then pay too much for a decent striker as other clubs can see we are desperate?

Steve Shave
57 Posted 19/08/2022 at 22:21:04
This is interesting and I wonder what it all means. Frank was very cryptic today too. There appears to be legs in this so we can assume it's a like-for-like replacement for Dele. However, it's the No 6 and No 9 roles which are of paramount importance. No sign of Gana and no sign of a striker.

I confess to knowing nothing about him, his highlight reel looks good, quick feet and able to transition quickly up the pitch. Agree with Rob he's likely to be a super sub for now.

Now let's go get Broja and Gana. If we are getting two strikers, I quite warmed to Mike's suggestion of Vasquez from the MLS, an unpolished diamond.

Niall McIlhone
58 Posted 19/08/2022 at 23:03:16
Against Forest, we have a potential midfield three of Allan playing alongside Onana in defensive midfield with Iwobi in front of those two? If Allan is fully fit, I don't think that is too bad, given that Alex is in very good form.

The Kudus loan potentially gives us the option of playing Iwobi in a wide position if It transpires that Gordon is sold in this window.

I am not sure why, but I have an inkling that very patient work is going on in bringing in at least one central striker, and that we may need to sacrifice Gordon to make it work.

Sam Hoare
59 Posted 19/08/2022 at 23:08:11
Surprised at the negativity here. Kudus could be really quite handy if he stays fit and looked very sharp for Ajax in pre-season. We’ve been crying out for pace and dynamism in the middle and he definitely offers that.

The loan makes it very low risk. It’s a bit of a gamble but I think many of you could be quite pleasantly surprised. I hope so. If it goes well he could be something like peak Ross Barkley on a good day.

Andrew Keatley
60 Posted 19/08/2022 at 23:39:10
Mal (55) - Yeah, you are known on these pages for your open mind…

Who knows how this transfer – or any transfer – will pan out? But young, quick, on a loan with an option to buy – looks like a sensible acquisition and suggests that, if we do decide to sell Anthony Gordon, then we've got his replacement in early.

I suspect Lampard might want to use Kudus in a similar role that he is trying to use Gordon – ie, in one of the two attacking midfield spots off the striker.

Dean Williams
61 Posted 20/08/2022 at 01:12:39
Another day with no striker. Worst run club since Leeds in the '90s. What I wouldn't do for a Lee Chapman or Mark Viduka right now.
Vijay Nair
62 Posted 20/08/2022 at 02:11:06
Well, this came out of the blue!

To all the naysayers, how about we give him a chance before we start to bag him?

According to Transfermarkt, he's primarily an attacking midfielder, but has played as striker at times as well. That would give us some options if we only end up bringing in one additional striker.

Jerome Shields
66 Posted 20/08/2022 at 07:06:47
Apologies #56.

Did not edit.

Should say: Wonder what he is like tracking back and tackling.

Always found that an attacking player like Kudus who is equally good with both feet is a handful to play against. Really is a bonus to have such a player. Remember Bobby Charlton after the Brazil v Italy 1982 World Cup game saying the same thing.

Brian Murray
67 Posted 20/08/2022 at 07:07:53
Looking at his highlights, a lot of his good work from outside the box, so I doubt he's the 10-goal man we need but lively nonetheless. A step up from what we have anyway.
Malcolm Kitchen
68 Posted 20/08/2022 at 07:29:11
Kieran #13.

I've just read again his injury record: no meniscus, concussion or 2 ankle injuries! Was a knee injury over 2 years ago, one ankle injury... And a broken rib! He scored 8 goals & 1 assist in 24 games, so his stats are goooood!

Seen a video of him he looks the business! Time will tell, of course. Cheers, enjoy the game if you're going,

Sam Hoare
69 Posted 20/08/2022 at 07:32:59
It's interesting that we seem to have tied up the Kudus move very soon after apparently matching the offer for Morgan Gibbs-White but being turned down.

Implies to me that Gibbs-White was probably our first choice but that our tactic now (as with Onana) is to wait for bids to be accepted so as not to be drawn into a bidding war. And also that we have alternative plans in place to move on quickly and effectively if those first-choice players don't materialize.

Kudus and Onana are both highly rated, dynamic young players with the potential to reach the very top level. Difficult to know how quickly or effectively such players will bed in and progress but I like this transfer strategy and am curious to see who the striker targets are (it seems to me that first-choice is likely Broja, hence the hold-up, but I wonder who favoured alternatives are given that Kudus was a name that came out of nowhere).

Peter Hodgson
70 Posted 20/08/2022 at 08:22:01
I'm afraid that this young man, irrespective of his glowing credentials re his skills, sounds like another sick note to me. Time will tell of course.

Anyone know what the details of the loan will be as it is wonderful having these loans but, if the loan fee and the wages are high, you have to question the value if the player spends a big percentage of his time in the sick bay.

Mike Allison
71 Posted 20/08/2022 at 08:24:45
Joe #2, is there any truth in the rumour that “Fingers crossed he can stay fit” is going to replace Nil Satis Nisi Optimum as our official club motto?
Robert Tressell
72 Posted 20/08/2022 at 08:35:53
Sam, that's an interesting observation. Yes, Kudus came out of nowhere upon Gibbs-White joining Forest.

There will be irons in the fire if Broja doesn't come off, of course. I suspect we know some of them already. Maybe some surprises too.

The Gueye deal might be similar. One or two others lined up if it doesn't come off. Presumably it's a way to manage cost and value.

What I find encouraging is just how physical and dynamic we could be if things come together.

For example, a 5-3-2 with Gueye, Onana and Kudus in midfield and Calvert-Lewin + Broja up front could be very powerful, direct and physical.

We've not been able to say that for a while with weaklings like Davies and Gomes on the books.

Neil Thomas
73 Posted 20/08/2022 at 08:39:43
This lad is completely different from any other attacking midfielder that we've had for a while. He has the dribbling ability and pace to pick up the ball and actually run at players.

Too often, our midfielders have been afraid of that, and tend to go for the safe option of passing it sideways or back. There's nothing worse for a defender than running backwards with his back to goal. So personally I'm all for us giving this lad a chance.

Jim Potter
74 Posted 20/08/2022 at 08:40:08
Let's hope all potential signings never read these pages as they'd be terrified to sign for such a negative fan base.

I've never even heard of the guy before yesterday, but a Dutch mate of mine rates him highly. A few injury problems over several years does not make him Mina Mk 2.

After a victory later today, I trust many of you will be feeling a bit more cheery.

If we'd had Calvert-Lewin (or any decent striker) we wouldn't be on zero points currently. We were good against an underwhelming Chelsea and lacked luck v Aston Villa. Today is a new beginning.

Sean Kelly
75 Posted 20/08/2022 at 09:04:19
Just get a striker, for fuck's sake. Three games in, 6 points lost so far and no striker. Only Everton that.

Others play with a proper Number 9 or a false 9. Everton: no No 9. Incredible! All we have is competition on the treatment table.

Sean Turtle
76 Posted 20/08/2022 at 09:09:41
"Let's hope all potential signings never read these pages as they'd be terrified to sign for such a negative fan base."

Well said, Jim Potter.

Rob Dolby
77 Posted 20/08/2022 at 09:10:37
This is the type of recruitment that I like. He is young fast with an eye for a goal and something of an unknown.

He hasn't cost us anything so what is not to like? He will keep competition in the midfield if Gordon does go.

Injuries are part of the game and hopefully he will stay clear of them whilst with us. He could be another Mina or another Reid, either way it's low risk for a young player with potential.

Brent Stephens
78 Posted 20/08/2022 at 09:11:44
It' all about the longer game for me. We can jump in and get a striker because "we need a striker", but only get somebody who is bang average, who isn't going to tear up trees for us and allow us to make steady progress up the league table this season.

Or we can play the waiting game in this window in the hope that we sign somebody better than bang average, who will allow us to make that steady progress up the table this season. In a season where we aren't going to break into the Top 6 anyway, write off the first few games and take the longer view.

Of course, that all assumes that we will sign that better-than-bang-average striker.

Mark Ryan
79 Posted 20/08/2022 at 09:14:45
Another Van De Beek, another Klaassen... lightweight, injury-prone.

Can he hack the rigours of the Premier League? It's tough out there

Rob Dolby
80 Posted 20/08/2022 at 09:23:48
Brent 81.

I think most fans wouldn't be bothered about an out-an-out striker if we had goals coming from different areas of the pitch.

Man City and Liverpool are the dominant 2 teams and, up until this season, hadn't played with an orthodox striker though they create chance after chance and score near 100 goals or more every season.

We on the other hand do not have any goals in the entire squad. We don't have a style of play that creates regular chances. We don't have enough movement off the ball or guile on it.

If we bought Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy, they would have to make their own chances to score.

Don't get me wrong, I think we need 2 strikers before the deadline to at least give us a focal point to get the play higher up the pitch, but our main problem is the lack of goals in the entire squad.

When Calvert-Lewin gets back, we have a guy that will be our top scorer with 15 if he is lucky. Next top scorers will be a couple in single figures.

Peter Mills
81 Posted 20/08/2022 at 09:30:42
I was disappointed we didn't sign Gibbs-White, although that is only based on what I've heard rather than seen. I'm fearing the inevitable goal from him today.

It sounds like Kudus is a similar type of player, so good luck to him if and when he joins us.

Stu Darlington
82 Posted 20/08/2022 at 09:43:20
Dave Abrahams @41

Dave, please stop talking sense. I'm an Evertonian, I kind of like being depressed.

It's a shock to the system to let positive thoughts sneak in!

Dave Abrahams
83 Posted 20/08/2022 at 09:43:58
Brent (81) and Rob (83),

Your posts both put the destiny of Everton's season at the heart of getting a striker in but also how the whole team performs.

I'm with Brent on waiting to try and get the right man in as long as the team does more movement and offers more guile as Rob suggests, there was an improvement versus Chelsea but the poor careless passing and lack of movement was still there.

I think and hope that a couple of strikers will arrive along with another central midfielder but the obvious danger to that is we seem to be waiting and relying on Chelsea's action in the transfer market to get players in to get our own players in. If Chelsea don't make the right moves, it could result in Everton's plans falling by the wayside and another disastrous season ahead.

Christy Ring
84 Posted 20/08/2022 at 09:44:07
Looks a really good player, can't go far wrong on loan, but a thorough medical, because of his injury record. Does this mean we can be a more attacking threat with 3 in midfield?

Regarding a striker, linked with Watkins, who has fallen out with Gerrard, a definite yes from me.

Brent Stephens
85 Posted 20/08/2022 at 10:27:25
Rob #81 - point taken about the lack of goals from midfield.
Brian Murray
86 Posted 20/08/2022 at 11:05:05
He apparently can play as a striker. Welcome to Everton, Special-K!
Colin Malone
87 Posted 20/08/2022 at 11:43:12
OK folks. He hasn't signed yet. So put the Everton v Forest back on top.
Alan J Thompson
88 Posted 20/08/2022 at 11:43:16
Not a reflection on this player but I am wondering if all these signings or links demonstrate how much work has been put in and how many players are being considered, or if it is just an example of how desperate we are. Is this the advantage of having an efficient DoF and how much the manager has to consider, and be consulted, on top of the squad as is?

As always, time will tell but it will take a lot of financial oversight to be successful, at least off the pitch, while on it may be a case of damned if you do, damned if you don't.

Jamie Lenard
89 Posted 20/08/2022 at 11:47:38
Looks like Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Chelsea is going to happen now, maybe the dominos are about to fall with Broja either loaned or sold.
Mal van Schaick
90 Posted 20/08/2022 at 11:48:31
Andrew #60.

After 55 years of supporting Everton, you have to have an open mind. Let's hope that there is an improvement of squad players under Lampard and we have a decent season.

Andrew Ellams
91 Posted 20/08/2022 at 12:04:35
Interested to see where he would fit into Frank's five at the back formation, seems to be somebody who'd fit more into a 4-3-3.
Tom Bowers
92 Posted 20/08/2022 at 12:13:39
We are desperate for goals and desperate for wins.

No strikers on the horizon but plenty if midfielders albeit no-names and loan deals. Kind of gives you the bigger picture doesn't it.

Another poor day at the office today against Forest.

Michael Lynch
93 Posted 20/08/2022 at 13:24:25
I’m sorry, I don’t care how good he is, as soon as I see “injury prone” my heart sinks.
Mick O'Malley
94 Posted 20/08/2022 at 13:36:43
Let’s be honest, if he was in the Ajax first 11 he’s a step above most of the loser’s we have masquerading as midfielder’s, I’m hoping Onana starts today, I will be devastated if I see Davies starting, this looks a sensible no risk signing to me, if he shines we sign him if not he returns to Ajax
Brian Murray
95 Posted 20/08/2022 at 14:05:49
Tom, the ship's cat (Davies) has got the nod. I think he will still be here after BMD.
Tim Greeley
96 Posted 20/08/2022 at 14:21:16
Be cool if we got deals like done in time for him to be used in the match… ya know, like Forest did with their 2 signings this week.

It's just always something, but still – reinforcements are welcome!

Ray Jacques
97 Posted 20/08/2022 at 17:39:23
Injury-prone, no further comment.
Alec Gaston
98 Posted 20/08/2022 at 19:46:29
Lampard must be holding out for Broja - too many good forwards have been available. (Dennis, Gibbs-White, Cornet) Just hope he or whoever hit the ground running - I get the feeling he wants to play 3-5-2
Kieran Kinsella
99 Posted 20/08/2022 at 21:13:47
Ajax saying he's going nowhere and there's been no bid. So much for Bobble who said on his podcast we were signing Sarr, and Gueye deal was done as well as this. Bobble out!
Colin Glassar
100 Posted 20/08/2022 at 21:24:24
The Bobble can go and bobble off as far as I'm concerned. Most of these guys eg Romano, Di Marzo, Bobble just make this stuff up.

Gana, apparently, has had three medicals, signed his contract twice and has even played for the reserves.

Kieran Kinsella
101 Posted 20/08/2022 at 22:05:07

It’s amazing the crap they write. The Mail had Dele in Turkey yesterday signed, sealed and delivered, deal officially completed and ready to play.

Francis van Lierop
102 Posted 21/08/2022 at 13:01:31
The plot thickens.
According to a journalist (Mike Verweij) close to Ajax, no club has made advances for the player.
Make of it what you will.
Ray Roche
103 Posted 21/08/2022 at 14:02:56
I see that Kudus, the guy we are supposed to be interested in, is on the bench for Ajax, along with Klaassen.
Mark Ryan
104 Posted 21/08/2022 at 16:56:49
The photo looks like he's just been told he's set to spend the rest of the season playing alongside Gomes, Allan and Davies!
Andrew McLawrence
105 Posted 21/08/2022 at 17:12:51
I reckon there's someone employed by the club whose job is to drip feed made up transfer stories to the media. Just to keep the fan base interested.
Francis van Lierop
106 Posted 22/08/2022 at 09:44:56
He played yesterday. He came on as a sub in the 73rd minute in the 0-1 win at Sparta Rotterdam.
Steve Cotton
107 Posted 22/08/2022 at 09:48:04
Andrew @105, spot on, mate.

Can we apply for that job? £200k pa probably...

Brian Murray
108 Posted 22/08/2022 at 09:53:40
Even that sure-fire journalist Romano making lazy crap up about having him as good as signed. We really are laughed at and talked about as gobshites from another era.
Sam Hoare
109 Posted 22/08/2022 at 09:57:28
This is a strange one! It's very unusual for the likes of Fabrizio Romano and Paul Joyce and The Bobble to all be wrong.

My guess is that Ajax were open to the loan offer and everything was close to being agreed but maybe United's awful form and sudden escalation of their pursuit of Antony has changed things.

Shame as I think he could be useful and can certainly carry the ball very well, think he had the most completed dribbles in his match yesterday despite only being on for 20 minutes.

Drew O’Neall
110 Posted 22/08/2022 at 10:29:14

I would have thought it's more likely that we have lined this up subject to losing Anthony Gordon and another £5M from Chelsea will see a ‘when Tottenham sold Bale' chain of events ensuing.

Robert Tressell
111 Posted 22/08/2022 at 10:41:58
I expect there are a good number of interconnected deals across a lot of clubs – a bit like a chain in house-buying.

It could all lead to a mad dash in the last 48 hours and they'll be winners and losers when the dust settles.

I wouldn't be surprised if we get 3 more players in with a few outgoing too.

All very unpredictable.

Sam Hoare
112 Posted 22/08/2022 at 11:45:37
Drew@110, maybe though as it's a loan I presume it's not to do with the financial need for money in. Possibly it's more related to the Alli deal going through as I think him and Kudus are more similar profiles and both play AMC/second striker.

Robert@111, yes I'll be very surprised if we don't see at least 3 players in over the next 9 days. More if we sell Gordon. I expect we'll use both our loans left (Kudus and Broja?!) and then buy one more player; more if Gordon leaves.

In terms of outgoings, I imagine it will be loans with a percentage of wages getting paid maybe?

Francis van Lierop
113 Posted 22/08/2022 at 17:07:12
The irony is that Antony didn't play for Ajax because of the possible transfer to Man Ud, yet Kudus was deemed playable...
John Kavanagh
114 Posted 22/08/2022 at 17:17:56
Maybe being injury-prone his agent frightened him off by telling him that he could be kept on hold in the ambulance outside the Finch Farm A&E for 6 weeks waiting for the bed blockers Mina and Doucouré to be discharged to EitC social care.
Mal van Schaick
115 Posted 23/08/2022 at 06:42:38
Will he be as good as Davy Klaassen? Who hardly played before being banished from Everton!
Danny O’Neill
116 Posted 23/08/2022 at 07:43:08
Or as good as that centre-back who came from Ajax and had a storming game last night Mal?

Every transfer is a gamble. But personally, I'd always be interested in any product of the proven Ajax treadmill.

Bill Gienapp
117 Posted 23/08/2022 at 08:26:56
Yes Mal, every player on Ajax is literally interchangeable.
Oliver Molloy
118 Posted 07/09/2022 at 22:46:30
Some goal scored by the guy we were linked with from Ajax, Mohammed Kudus, tonight.

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