An update has emerged on Everton and their attempts to improve their options out wide before the January transfer window slams shut next week…
Journalist Ryan Taylor has revealed that the Toffees have an interest in signing Stade Rennes attacker Kamaldeen Sulemana in the coming days after missing out on a deal for Arnaut Danjuma.
Tottenham have swooped in to sign the Villarreal dynamo on loan at the last minute after the Netherlands international had already completed his medical tests with the Merseyside club, as per Fabrizio Romano, and Farhad Moshiri has now identified a potential alternative.
Taylor Tweeted: “Everton still prioritising a winger after being snubbed by Arnaut Danjuma. Could target two if Anthony Gordon joins Newcastle. Kamaldeen Sulemana remains of strong interest. Told Bamba Dieng not an option at this stage despite talks in summer. #EFC.”
As a loan signing until the end of the season, Danjuma – who scored ten goals in LaLiga for Villarreal last season – could have been an excellent short-term addition to the Everton squad.
The 25-year-old, who turns 26 next week, could have provided an injection of quality and helped the team to avoid the drop down to the Championship before moving back to Spain or signing for a club elsewhere at the end of his loan spell.
Whereas, signing Sulemana on a permanent basis could help the Toffees in the short and long-term, which is why he could be a better signing than the Dutch gem.
The Ghana international, who is reportedly valued at £40m by his club, could come in as a prospect with the potential to improve over time, whilst also providing an attacking boost to the squad in the immediate future.
Sulemana has only started 13 Ligue 1 matches for Rennes since the start of last season but has scored five goals and produced two assists, whilst creating seven ‘big chances’ for his teammates, in that time.
Prior to joining the French side, the 20-year-old plundered an impressive 14 goals and eight assists in 43 first-team outings for Danish side FC Nordsjaelland, which shows that the gem does have the scope to provide goals and assists on a semi-regular basis when at his best.
At the age of 20, the winger, who was once dubbed an “enormous talent” by scout Jacek Kulig, has plenty of time left on his hands to develop his craft and increase his output in the final third. This means that he could be a long-term asset for Everton and someone whose value could be increased with the help of a new head coach.
Moshiri must now swoop to sign the young attacker so that Everton, and their supporters, can completely forget about the disappointing Danjuma saga…