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£20m bid for Sheffield United striker rejected

| 27/01/2023 39comments  |  Jump to last

Everton have had a €23m bid for Senegal international striker Iliman Ndiaye turned down by Sheffield United according to L'Equipe.

The 22-year-old has been linked with the Blues in the past week and if this report is correct, it seems the Blues have followed up their interest with Anthony Gordon's imminent sale to Newcastle strengthening the club's ability to sign players this month.

Ndiaye has 17 goals in 65 appearances for the Blades, 10 of them this season but his agent recently indicated that the French-born forward was keen to stay in Sheffield to help their push for promotion to the Premier League even if there is a general acknowledgement that he will probably move on this summer. 

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Steve Shave
1 Posted 27/01/2023 at 17:10:20
I really like the look of this lad, he can play in a variety of forward positions. I for one hope we get this over the line. The a winger, its going to have to be a diamond in the rough from Thelwell for £10-15M if we go for a permanent signing. Sulemana? I'm sure Robert and Sam have some European suggestions.
Tony Everan
2 Posted 27/01/2023 at 20:40:19
Agree Steve, May just be interested because of our Senegalese connections Gana and Onana, we'd have to up the offer and see where it gets us.

Was just reading about Juve stalling on selling Weston McKennie to Leeds. Juve demanding £30M. Leeds stopped at £25M. If we had some spare cash I wouldn't mind him coming in. Maybe a deal connected to the Kean money. The hijacked can become the hijacker? If he's considering Leeds then it's not total fantasy despite their US connection.

N'diaye, Gyökeres, and McKennie and I think we'd be back in the game.

Peter Mills
3 Posted 27/01/2023 at 21:32:29
I’m disappointed but unsurprised by this. The Blades are doing extremely well this season, and look odds-on to be promoted. Perhaps because they are in a very comfortable 2nd place, they may have decided to cash in on this lad now, as he will definitely leave them in the summer. The club has some financial problems.

Sheffield Utd’s star last season was Gibbs-White, who is now producing the goods at Nottingham Forest. However, I am told that Ndiaye is a superior player.

So, either Sheffield Utd are trying for more money, knowing we have sold Gordon, or Ndiaye is waiting for a more attractive proposition than us. Or both.

It will be our loss, I believe he’s an excellent player.

Steve Shave
4 Posted 27/01/2023 at 21:34:20
Tony bud that would be amazing though I think beyond our financial means. As much as I would like McKennie I think our current CMs will do fine under Dyche. I'd like us to go for Gyökeres as well as this lad from Sheff Utd.
Kieran Kinsella
5 Posted 27/01/2023 at 21:38:28

Sheff Utd are under a transfer embargo so if they sell him they can't replace him

Dennis Stevens
6 Posted 27/01/2023 at 21:42:31
Can they not even have loan players, Kieran? Perhaps we could send Simms the other way as part of the deal.
Kieran Kinsella
7 Posted 27/01/2023 at 21:48:10

Apparently they can't register anyone until their unspecified delinquent debt has been settled. If the fee for Ndiaye is big enough to cover it and they can pay it off right away then I suppose they could jump into the market then but with it being the weekend now there's only two business days left in the window to complete all of that.

Peter Mills
8 Posted 27/01/2023 at 21:53:53
Kieran#5 - indeed they are, and given that they have other financial difficulties, and a healthy lead over the 3rd placed club, they may believe they can sell Ndiaye, take the cash without replacing him, and still get promoted.

I’m not claiming any vast football knowledge, just a couple of sons-in-law who are keen Blades fans. As I said at the 2nd wedding, “one was unfortunate, two is beginning to look careless”.

Kieran Kinsella
9 Posted 27/01/2023 at 22:07:12

That is careless. Though my sister is married to a Wednesday fan and another to a Burnley fan so I can't talk.

Robert Tressell
10 Posted 27/01/2023 at 22:14:36
I think the appointment of Dyche massively simplifies what sort of targets we will have and where they will come from.

Gyokeres now very likely indeed. Main focus will be British & Irish and those with Prem & Championship experience.

Ndiaye v unlikely because Sheff Utd likely to be promoted and don't need to sell their best player.

Ian Bennett
11 Posted 27/01/2023 at 22:52:24
Under a transfer embargo, if they don't raise funds they'll be banned from transfers in this window and the next.

In my view this makes them potentially willing sellers if they can't find the cash to satisfy outstanding transfer fees. Sheffield Post saids they've got 30 days.

Robert Tressell
12 Posted 28/01/2023 at 08:52:41
Good point, Ian. I'd forgotten that. Maybe a chance then.
Neil Thomas
13 Posted 28/01/2023 at 10:13:47
Tony #2,

We have to get real. We are getting £40M for Gordon, not £140M. The total cost of those 4 players you have named is over the £100M mark.

Neil Thomas
14 Posted 28/01/2023 at 10:17:36
We also have to remember that they are a team going up, and we look like a team going down, so why would the lad want to come to us right now?
Tony Everan
15 Posted 28/01/2023 at 10:37:45
Neil 13 , Three players . Ndiaye and Gyokeres could well cost 50m, so we’d have to find 10m. McKennie is almost equivalent to what Juve must contractually pay us for Kean. If Leeds are going for him, why not us?

I agree it is fantastically unlikely, especially given our precarious predicament and three days left this window. Whatever happens we have to find some goals from somewhere as the absolute minimum.

Steve Byles
16 Posted 28/01/2023 at 10:53:13
DCL needs to be replaced for this season, seen nothing from him that convinces me he’s fit or even bothered. It’s true he lacks service, but should be doing so much more.
Sam Hoare
17 Posted 28/01/2023 at 10:54:42
Would very much like Ndiaye. Looks a real talent and would do well I think in a Dyche team playing off Calvert-Lewin.

Not quite so sure about Gyokeres, good player but I wonder if he could cut it at top level? Different type of player but maybe a little Dwight Gayle, excellent in Championship but not suited to PL? Not sure.

Fulham are just about to sign Andre, one of the best young midfielders in Brazil for £15m. I’m surprised we have used the South American market so infrequently, Brighton have shown how lucrative it can be when well scouted.

Robert Tressell
18 Posted 28/01/2023 at 12:30:40
Tony # 15, I would be amazed if we spend as much as we get for Gordon. Leeds are in much better financial shape than us unfortunately.

I also think Dyche will be skeptical about anyone overseas signings unless they've been in the Prem before.

So probably not McKennie but maybe Arnautovic.

Gyorekes is most likely because Coventry have now dropped off the pace and can't command such a big fee. He's exactly the sort of type / profile Dyche has gone for previously.

Tony Everan
19 Posted 28/01/2023 at 12:49:48
Maybe Robert, but I’d like to see us pulling out all the stops financially to give us the best chance of staying up. Especially as our direct competitors are strengthening. The right players available/achievable may dictate things to an extent. If they want to prioritise, the Ndiaye signing is the one to go for. It’s encouraging that we’ve already made an offer. I hope they try harder.

The rumours are three or four players, so I’d expect some loans.

Raymond Fox
20 Posted 28/01/2023 at 13:12:12
Our rivals have signed a good few forwards, are we now signing the left overs?
We lose Gordon who ok wanted to leave, are we going to now sign no names to replace him.
Not a great welcome for Dyche is it, I hope he has a few ideas to save this mess.
I have every faith in him, but the rest of the club, zero.
Robert Tressell
21 Posted 28/01/2023 at 13:17:45
Tony, obviously I want to see us back Dyche too and invest in the squad but it's all very delicate financially. And Moshiri will know we could spend £50M and still go down (and bust the club in the process).

Dyche knows the ropes as he operated under very strict financial constraints at Burnley. His signings were always inexpensive, almost exclusively British, from the Championship, other Premier League clubs' reserves or academies and then a very few from overseas like Gudmundsson, Vydra, Pieters and Cornet (albeit only the latter came from a foreign club).

It would be a surprise to see him want to look beyond that approach at this time. And there is plenty of suitable, albeit not very exciting sounding, talent of that nature. So 2 or 3 or even (less likely) 4 signings might be possible - but may include loans and nominal fees for players running down their contracts.

Sam Hoare
22 Posted 28/01/2023 at 15:41:20
Robert, we can’t be sure of the talks that Dyche has had with Everton though. I would presume that he was told he would have to deal very closely with Thelwell on transfers and we have a considerably wide scouting network (though you’d seldom know it) than Burnley could afford.

It’s difficult to know which transfer targets have come from who but if we give Thelwell the benefit of the doubt and say that he was responsible for Onana and chasing the likes of Kudus and Mudryk then it may be that he has a good eye for young foreign talent. I hope so.

Someone like Sulemana might be a good replacement for Gordon, at half the price. I also think we need a new left back, not been that impressed with Mykolenko (though he’s a much better full back than wing back).

Steve Shave
23 Posted 28/01/2023 at 15:43:18
Linked with Che Adams today, madness if true. I quite like him but the time to buy was instead of Maupay, we lost that hand too. If we can only spend £20-25M then I would buy one player who can player in multiple positions and offer us something different. The fella from Sheff Utd fits that profile and we should go all out for him in my opinion.
Colin Glassar
24 Posted 28/01/2023 at 15:53:53
Steve, We are now going to be linked with every deadbeat from here to Timbuktu.
Will Mabon
25 Posted 28/01/2023 at 15:55:35
Colin, let's hope it stays at "linked".
Joe McMahon
26 Posted 28/01/2023 at 15:58:13
The quality we are being linked with is no better than the crap we alreday have. I'd rather we reset next season with a proper stategy in place for signings, like Kompany has done has done at Burnley.

We are going down anyway, and the likes of Che Adams and the not wanted shite at Newcastle will burden us with more tripe on new contracts. The players we are being linked with will not keeep us up, and will make the financial problems worse. Even any above average forward will not be available or want to come to Everton. The days of a Kevin Campbell type rescuing us are over.

Andrew Brookfield
27 Posted 28/01/2023 at 16:09:15
Joe I don’t think we need to be that pessimistic, I don’t think our players are great, but I genuinely don’t think they’re that bad.

I’d say our squad, whilst imbalanced, is better than Southamptons, Bournemouth, Leeds. Get a few attackers in and we have a chance.

Not saying we will, but we have as good a chance as any of them.

Joe McMahon
28 Posted 28/01/2023 at 16:19:10
Andrew, I just think the other teams have more goals that us. I suppose at the end of Feb we will have a better idea. The money from the Gordon sale has to be invested with thought and vision, and when do we do that! Richarlason was the last, and that was Silva not a DOF or board.
Jason Li
29 Posted 28/01/2023 at 16:24:33
Gyorekes looks decent on YouTube.

Very tidy and doesn't need lots of space to keep hold of the ball which Everton definitely need when the team move up the field. On YouTube reminds me of Messi wearing a 3 stone jacket on, what I mean is got excellent footwork with quick feet but because of the extra weight and size, if Messi was to wear a jacket that weighed him down by an extra 3 stone he won't have that acceleration to get away from good Premiership players as easily. Looks like he can score goals too and reliable for holding up the ball, would be good with Gray and Iwobi in terms of keeping possession and working it around the box.

Mike Gaynes
31 Posted 28/01/2023 at 16:51:39
I would hope Thelwell's US connections are presenting him with some possibilities on this side of the pond as well. Young talent is not exclusively found in overpriced Europe.

Mal van Schaick
32 Posted 28/01/2023 at 19:09:36
I’ve been banging on about Ndiaye. He scores and creates goals as an attacking midfielder. He would be great for us behind the forward(s) in a central role. Get him in.
Robert Tressell
33 Posted 28/01/2023 at 21:46:34
Mike # 31,

I am hopeful about that. Dyche obviously has a track record of signing British players - but you would have thought US / Canadian players would work well too being native English speakers and often very athletic. Just as Moyes did.

Someone like Tajon Buchanan would slot right in here.

I see Freiburg have just signed a very promising young Canadian for next to nothing. The talent seems to be coming through in much higher volumes all of a sudden.

Peter Mills
34 Posted 29/01/2023 at 13:59:53
A 35 year old Messi in a 3 stone jacket - I’ll take that as an upgrade on anything we’ve got.
Geoff Lambert
35 Posted 29/01/2023 at 19:21:22
Ndiaye has rejected the move to Everton according to L’Equipe. Maybe Gordon had a word with him.
David Cooper
36 Posted 29/01/2023 at 19:46:00
If Ndiaye is worth 20,000 then Paul Mullin must be worth more!
Eric Haworth
37 Posted 29/01/2023 at 20:12:17
David #36 First time I’ve seen them both & I’m with you. Although he’s probably worth a punt at 20,000 but think we could do much better for £20M & possibly dodged a bullet with that one?
David Cooper
38 Posted 29/01/2023 at 20:41:00
He has been a consistent goal scorer with Wrexham for at least 2 years. Plus he is more than just a goal scorer but a very intelligent player. You get a good idea of his ability in the Netflix story about Wrexham.
Simon Harrison
39 Posted 29/01/2023 at 21:35:28
A good article about an alternative to Ndiaye;

If not Ndiaye

Simon Harrison
40 Posted 29/01/2023 at 21:43:07
Just a thought Rob/Sam etc

How would a deal for Dembele, a loan deal for Moura and keep the rest of the team squad intact with all four missing players coming back in Feb (Townsend, Patterson, Godfrey and Garner)

Surely, that would be enough? Oh, and the M. Keane away with Rodrigo Becao coming in, is still being mooted as a possibility?

Just thinking outloud...

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