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Kudus on strike at Ajax over blocked Everton move

31/08/2022 31comments  |  Jump to last

Ajax midfielder Mohammed Kudus has reportedly refused to turn up for training after the Amsterdam club blocked his proposed move to Everton.

According to Netherlands outlet De Telegraaf, personal terms have already been agreed between the Ghanaian international and the Blues, who was committed to making the switch to Premier League football. However, Ajax do not want Kudus to leave, resulting in the current impasse.

After Brazillian Antony did the same to force his £100m move to Manchester United, Kudus has followed suit in an attempt to push his move to Everton over the line but the Dutch club are adamant that he will not be allowed to leave before the deadline.

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Alex Parr
1 Posted 31/08/2022 at 14:32:33
Kudos to him for wanting the move, but I don't approve of players downing tools, shows a bad attitude.
Kieran Kinsella
2 Posted 31/08/2022 at 14:35:23

Right. What happens once he has a few decent games here and Spurs offer a minimal bid? Goes on strike again? No thanks.

Rob Jones
3 Posted 31/08/2022 at 14:46:56
If the reports are true, he's breaching contract, to leave the best club in the country, to join a weak team nowhere near continental football. He can only be coming for the money.

We've had enough dubious characters at this club, and part of Frank's and Kevin's remit is to remove such people from the club.

If he did join, what's to stop him from behaving similarly if/when he feels he's outgrown us?

Peter Carpenter
4 Posted 31/08/2022 at 14:53:52
It's a mis-print. He's on strike to prevent a move to Everton.
Frank Crewe
5 Posted 31/08/2022 at 15:38:53
@ Rob 3
"He can only be coming for the money."
So we should only sign players who swear on their mum's life they're only signing because they love Everton more than the air they breath even though they live in another country and have no connection with the club whatsoever? That's going to restrict our transfer options quite a bit. The fact is wages are a big factor in any transfer. Do you think Gueye would be signing for Everton if PSG still wanted him? I doubt it. These guys don't play for free.
Alex Parr
6 Posted 31/08/2022 at 15:47:35
Kieran, I completely agree. I thought I made that point after my initial sarcastic pun on his name!
Rob Jones
7 Posted 31/08/2022 at 15:50:51
Frank, that's all very interesting, but I remember the impact Samuel Eto'o had on our dressing room. We should steer clear of this guy.

For years, this dressing room have seen off perfectly good managers. One of the key criteria of our recent signings have been that they're not assholes.

Signing a guy who won't fulfil his obligations, when he's very handsomely paid, doesn't exactly adhere to that policy.

Pat Kelly
8 Posted 31/08/2022 at 16:38:31
We need strikers
Dale Self
9 Posted 31/08/2022 at 16:40:13
I'll take the other side of the bad attitude perspective and say that this speaks well of Everton's image in the transfer market. There may be a contingent of players out there who either believe in Frank or just feel Everton is a good enough option to get in the Premier league.
Mike Gaynes
10 Posted 31/08/2022 at 16:47:30
Me too, Dale. I love that this guy wants so much to come to Everton that he's willing to butt heads with his club.
Jonathan Oppenheimer
11 Posted 31/08/2022 at 18:12:25
Alex #6 I was worried for a second there that you had somehow missed the pun given the spelling you used. Well done there — or should I say, Kudus!
Dale Self
12 Posted 31/08/2022 at 18:25:21
Apparently Ajax is trying to get Ocampos in, even if on loan, so he may be getting his wish.
Bill Gienapp
13 Posted 31/08/2022 at 19:09:30
Rob (3)

His motivations might very well be mercenary, I can't really say... but I did read that he hasn't gotten much playing time this season and Ajax's motivation for keeping him is mostly in the interest of squad depth.

So it definitely seems like he envisions Everton as a better opportunity to get onto the pitch.

Peter Carpenter
14 Posted 31/08/2022 at 20:40:13
'I refuse to play for Ajax because they have denied my dream move to err err...(agent whispers in his ear)... Everton, yes, Everton!'
Brian Murray
15 Posted 31/08/2022 at 20:48:39
He's the Dutch Robbie Keane.

"It was always my dream to play for Coventry, Spurs, Liverpool, Celtic" [delete where appropriate].

I never believe a word any of them say.

Colin Glassar
16 Posted 31/08/2022 at 20:51:33
Not for me. To paraphrase the late, great, Bob Marley; No money, no heart.
Keith Harrison
17 Posted 31/08/2022 at 23:16:37
Chelsea have bid for one of his team-mates. After Antony, I don't think Ajax will let this kid and the Chelsea target go.
Bill Watson
18 Posted 01/09/2022 at 05:13:09
I'm not too keen on players who refuse to honour contracts but, if reports are to be believed a move, fee and personal terms had been agreed only for Ajax to change their mind at the last minute.

If true, he has good reason to feel aggrieved but I'd still swerve.

Bobby Mallon
19 Posted 07/09/2022 at 10:58:46
Everton will win Champions league before PSG
Dale Rose
20 Posted 08/09/2022 at 10:24:27
Watched this guy last night against Rangers. Looks a very good prospect for us. Scored a terrific goal.
Peter Hodgson
21 Posted 09/09/2022 at 11:48:52
What is all the fuss about?

Apart from his mercenary instincts, he doesn't seem to be the sort of person we should have been looking at anyway. Mind you, neither was Maupay as neither of them score many goals.

I thought we were supposed to be looking for a replacement for Calvert-Lewin for if (when) he is injured? I don't agree with that but that was the stated aim for whoever we brought in. Either way, we were looking for whoever to be capable of scoring, in theory, the same number of goals that Calvert-Lewin would have scored.

This Kudus chap doesn't exactly fit this bill though looking at his record. So as much a mismatch as Maupay then!

Mike Gaynes
22 Posted 11/09/2022 at 05:31:11
His sulk didn't last long. Since his move to us was blocked by Ajax, he's had four goals and an assist in three games.

Oh, well, we tried.

Alan J Thompson
23 Posted 11/09/2022 at 06:42:11
We shouldn't bring in players willing to hold their club to ransom to get their own way and should only look for those wanting to play for Everton!

Errmm, hang on a minute...

Danny O’Neill
24 Posted 11/09/2022 at 07:43:41
I'm with Bobby @19!!

Let's see if this happens in January.

Alan McGuffog
25 Posted 11/09/2022 at 08:40:58
As long as he scores a few on Tuesday...
Brian Wilkinson
26 Posted 13/09/2022 at 20:48:44
Justified him staying there after scoring tonight against the shite.
Jason Saggers
27 Posted 13/09/2022 at 20:59:05
He's not signing for us, not a chance.

Ajax will want £100M for him now. 😂

Dale Self
28 Posted 13/09/2022 at 21:22:24
Maybe not but he made a significant statement that he wanted to be here. Sometimes it doesn't work out when finances are a constraint but our reputation is vastly improved.
Mike Gaynes
29 Posted 13/09/2022 at 21:56:47
I'll say this, that was one hell of a shot.
Francis van Lierop
30 Posted 14/09/2022 at 15:51:38
It's a shame the transfer didn't come about. As a fringe player he felt he didn't get the recognition he deserved under Ten Hag.

Under the new Ajax coach, Alfred Schreuder, he has really come alive, scoring three times in the last two league matches as a false number nine.

With the bullet at Anfield yesterday, everybody now knows who he is.

Andy Meighan
31 Posted 16/09/2022 at 20:52:10
Think this ship might have sailed. After his goals already this season, looks like he could go on to bigger and better things. Hope springs eternal though because apparently he still wants the move.

Let's just hope the big guns don't come sniffing around.

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