Sheffield United fans are keeping a close eye on what happens with Everton in the coming days, after the Toffees were linked with Iliman Ndiaye.
Reports over the weekend from The Sun claimed that Everton were looking to put funds together to try and buy Ndiaye. There was some confusion within that report though, which quickly changed its proposed fee from £15m to £22m overnight.
As of yet, there’s been no bid. Sheffield United News understands the Blades are yet to receive any sort of proposal from Everton, but are braced for potential bids before next Tuesday.
Over at Everton, there’s mixed news on the transfer front when it comes to signing a forward. The club appear to have missed out on Arnaut Danjuma to Tottenham. But according to Foot Mercato, the Toffees will now move for Marseille forward Bamba Dieng instead.
The reports from France suggest Everton will go all out for Dieng. Whether or not that means their pursuit of Ndiaye is over before it even got going, remains to be seen.
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Dieng has been on the radar of Premier League clubs for some time. The likes of Leeds and Aston Villa are also keen.
Sheffield United News View: Everton in dire straights by the looks of it
First they sack Frank Lampard. Then they do a medical and agree terms for Danjuma, only to lose out on him to Spurs.
For an onlooking Iliman Ndiaye – that is if he’s even thinking about it – moving to a club like Everton right now looks a ridiculous decision.
The Toffees are obviously all over the place from top to bottom. There’s no manager, the owners are at war with the fans, and players are walking away from signing despite agreeing terms.
News on Everton looking at Dieng is a boost for United. It means they have other irons in the fire, which could indicate they’re looking at other options than Ndiaye.