There remains an uncertainty regarding Sheffield United forward Iliman Ndiaye, as we hurtle towards the transfer deadline day on Tuesday.
The Blades superstar has been of interest to Everton in the last week or so. Ndiaye has caught the eye of the Toffees with some fine performances and he currently leads the Blades in both goals and assists.
United, meanwhile, are under a transfer embargo, meaning no new signings can come in and potential pressures are there internally to raise funds. Paul Heckingbottom’s stance remains the same in that he wants nobody sold.
Of course, the Everton news has been a big talking point all week. And while some have questioned the validity of those rumours, Yorkshire Live has claimed there is some truth to them.
They report how Everton have indeed spoken to Ndiaye’s agents about a potential move. However, in what appears good news for United, Ndiaye has apparently told his reps he would rather see out the season with the Blades first.
Ndiaye is into the last 18 months of his contract. Like so many in the squad right now, there are big question marks over his future.
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It’s a tricky situation for everyone, this. United clearly need money as the Prince’s funds have dried up, which says a lot about the current owner’s financial situation. There’ll be a temptation to sell, but on the other hand, if a new owner is incoming, that might be being discussed internally.
For Ndiaye, he’s in a no lose scenario really. If he goes, it will be because the club have accepted a big bid. If he stays, he will lead United to promotion and revel in being the star of the season.
Ultimately, money talks in football. And big clubs in the PL have a lot of money. If someone comes in with £25m or so by Tuesday and offers Ndiaye huge wages, then it will be hard to bat off.
We can only hoped Ndiaye’s and the club’s stance remains the same as it has been all window.