Ajax midfielder Mohammed Kudus, who is rumoured to be on Tottenham’s radar, has admitted that he came ‘really close’ to joining Everton during the summer transfer window.

Kudus hit the limelight with his promising displays in the Eredivisie during the second half of last campaign and the 22-year-old was mooted as a transfer target for Spurs during the summer (GhanaWeb).

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It was even mooted at the time that the North London club had sent scouts to watch the youngster in action and were impressed by what they had seen (Ghanasoccernet).

However, it was Everton who allegedly came closest to snapping up Kudus, with The Daily Mirror reporting at the end of the transfer window that the Toffees thought they had agreed on a deal for the Ghanaian, only for Ajax to go back on their word and block the move.

Everton and Spurs might be ruing the fact that they missed out on the former Nordsjaelland starlet, who has hit new heights in the first part of the season, with ten goals across all competitions so far in 2022-23 (Transfermarkt).

The Ajax star is still thought to be on Tottenham’s radar ahead of the January transfer window, with the print edition of Corriere dello Sport (as relayed by Sport Witness) reporting earlier this week that the Lilywhites and Borussia Dortmund are at the front of the queue for the player’s signature.

Kudus has now admitted that he was keen on making the switch to Goodison Park in the summer after holding talks with Frank Lampard.

The attacking midfielder told Star Connect on Joy TV (19/11/22 – 9 am): “I was really close to joining Everton. I thought it was a good project for me and I felt I should try it. 

“It wasn’t like this season was my first (at Ajax), it was my third. So if I’m not getting the progress I’m looking for then why not try something else? I spoke to Lampard.

“I had a chat with him to find out the project they had for me, what he thought about me and how he saw me as a player, because definitely that would be the green light for me to decide whether I wanted to move. Without the coach, there is nothing.”

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Alfred Schreuder seems to value Kudus more than Erik Ten Hag did at Ajax, and so the midfielder might have changed his mind about wanting to leave the Eredivisie club. 

However, I do expect Premier League clubs to test the water with offers for the 22-year-old in January, given the form he has displayed in the first part of the campaign.

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