Sheffield United fans appear to be facing a nervous wait to see if the club can keep hold of star forward Iliman Ndiaye in January.
Reports over the weekend from The Sun claimed that Everton were eyeing a bid for Nidaye. However, it’s worth noting that within hours of that report going live claiming a £15m fee, it was quickly ramped up to £22m by the same outlet.
Of course, interest in Ndiaye was always expected. Everton are struggling for goals and have clearly seen Ndiaye as a player who can help them out right now.
But speaking on the potential of Ndiaye going to Everton, transfer expert and journalist Fabrizio Romano has said that as of now, it’s not happening, with Ndiaye expected to stay until at least the summer.
“Sheffield United’s starboy Iliman Ndiaye is attracting interest from Premier League clubs after 10 goals and 7 assists this season. Proposals could arrive soon – also Everton are tracking him. Understand the plan for both the player and Sheffield United is for him to stay until the end of the season.”
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“Everton are tracking exciting Sheffield United talent Iliman Ndiaye after his superb recent performances. But the plan looks to be for him to stay until the summer,” Romano wrote for CaughtOffside.
This news will be music to the ears of Blades fans who had got into a panic over the weekend.
Ndiaye once again showed his value, setting up Daniel Jebbison to score the winner against Hull City on Friday.
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The fee banded about over the weekend were bordering on ridiculous. It very much seems like our transfer embargo and financial situation seems to have opened the door for stories.
Sure, Everton are probably keen on Ndiaye. Why wouldn’t they be? But at £15m…..or £22m as it was changed to, it’s just not going to happen.
Everton are also a club in turmoil. Frank Lampard is due to lose his job and the club are set to be in the biggest of relegation scraps. Of all the moves to appeal to Ndiaye, this one isn’t it.