Everton lost best chance to sign 'class' £15m star at Goodison Park

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Everton target Mohammed Kudus could find himself on the radar of ‘bigger clubs’ next summer, according to journalist Dean Jones.

The 22-year-old was heavily linked with a move to Goodison Park in the previous transfer window, but Ajax were unwilling to sanction his sale as several of their star players had already departed the club.

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Miguel Delaney of The Independent revealed that Everton made a last-minute £15 million offer for Kudus, which was swiftly rejected by his current employers.

It’s claimed that Ajax believed the Ghana international could develop into one of the best attacking midfielders in world football, and as a result, were determined to retain his services.

Kudus still has three years remaining on his existing contract at the Johan Cruijff ArenA, and his stock is likely to grow this season as he plays a more prominent role under new manager Alfred Schreuder.

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And he was deemed untouchable over the summer after the likes of Antony, Sebastien Haller and Ryan Gravenberch were sold on to top clubs across the continent.

Schreuder has since made Kudus central to his plans at Ajax, and Everton could face stiff competition for his signature if they revive their interest in him over the coming months.

What has Jones said about Kudus?

Everton did manage to improve their midfield options by bringing in Amadou Onana, James Garner and Idrissa Gueye, but their perhaps remains a creative void in the blue half of Merseyside.

Yet Jones believes that the Toffees are unlikely to be the only interested party in Kudus when the transfer market reopens for business.

He told GiveMeSport: “He was class in the Champions League, and by next summer, it won’t just be a case that he is established in that Ajax team, but it might be a case that some bigger clubs are taking note too.”

How is Kudus playing this season?

Kudus has started 2022/23 in impressive fashion for the Amsterdam giants, registering five goals and one assist in eight appearances across all competitions.

Two of those goal contributions came in Ajax’s 4-0 thrashing of Rangers in their opening Champions League group game, proving he is capable of performing on the biggest stage of all.

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Meanwhile, Everton are still without a win six games into their Premier League campaign as Frank Lampard desperately tries to drag them away from the relegation zone.

It seems as though the Everton hierarchy could face a difficult task in prising Kudus away from Ajax, therefore.

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