Premier League strugglers Everton are hoping they can make a move to sign Sheffield United striker Iliman Ndiaye this summer.
According to a report from The Sun, Everton, Newcastle and West Ham are all keen on signing Ndiaye. The Senegal forward has been in outstanding form for the Blades this season, netting twelve goals.
Ndiaye is yet to sign a new contract though and come the summer, will have just 12 months to run on his deal. If United don’t win promotion, then the hopes of keeping Ndiaye become almost impossible.
Everton tried to sign Ndiaye in January. However, United rebuffed offers of over £20m in the hope Ndiaye would drive the club into the Premier League.
However, with United now just four points above Middlesbrough, things are looking nervy. And if the Blades do indeed drop into the playoffs and don’t go up, the Ndiaye will likely lead a mass exodus.
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Ndiaye has formed a fine partnership with Oli McBurnie at Bramall Lane. He has been lauded for his performances, with Carl Asaba branding him unplayable.
“Honestly, he is the one. He manipulates the ball, the way he controls it and moves it, he is unplayable at times. He is one that you can’t take your eyes off on the pitch. I just hope all the Blades fans who haven’t seen him in person get to see him ‘cos he is incredible. Different sport he plays to what I played, Asaba said on the Blades Heaven podcast.
Sheffield United News View: Interest in Ndiaye will be there regardless of promotion
Even if United do go up, the chances of us keeping Iliman Ndiaye are still slim. The Premier League sides will be there with their wads of cash and it will be hard to turn down. Likewise, it will be hard to get Ndiaye to sign a new deal.
Promotion is simply a must for United when it comes to Ndiaye. It either means we can try and keep him, or, if we do sell, it means we have the money to replace him not just to keep the club afloat.
Either way, Everton will fancy their chances of a deal here if they stay up.