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Everton set to battle Liverpool for Mohammed Kudus

Everton made a £15m bid for Mohammed Kudus in the summer and now a new update has emerged from a reliable source on the club’s pursuit of the player.

What’s the latest?

According to De Telegraaf journalist Mike Verweij, Everton are set to battle Liverpool to secure the signature of the Ajax midfielder in the January transfer window.

Speaking on De Telegraaf’s Kick Off podcast, Verweij claimed:

“Everton was of course already concrete before and Kudus was very angry that it didn’t happen then.

“Ajax did not want to talk to Everton at the time, while you must have thought of a transfer fee of €30/40m. Now Liverpool is also concrete, according to English media.

“If two clubs from a country start bidding against each other, that’s already good, but two clubs from one city is of course quite nice.”

He’s been “on fire” in Qatar

There is no doubt that it would be a major coup if Everton could sign Kudus but now that they have competition it won’t be an easy battle with not only Liverpool, but many Premier League clubs who have taken an interest in the talented player.

According to 90min, Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United have also enquired about the player’s situation at his current club after his outstanding performances at the World Cup.

The Ghanaian star has been representing his nation in Qatar and has been a stand-out performer in the prestigious international tournament over his two appearances so far.

The 22-year-old has scored two goals and successfully completed 63% of his dribbles, as well as averaging two shots on goal, 1.5 tackles and winning 5.5 duels per game.

Nigerian international and Ajax centre-back Calvin Bassey has heaped praise on Kudus for his World Cup displays, hailing the midfielder a “star boy” in an interview:

“[Mohammed Kudus is a] star boy. He’s on fire.”

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Everton are in desperate need of more creativity in their final third after scoring only 11 Premier League goals so far which is the second joint-fewest in the top flight, and the January transfer window is Frank Lampard’s biggest hope in saving their season.

With that being said, the powers at Goodison Park must do everything they can to fend off the outside interest in Kudus by delivering a much more tempting offer to the player.