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Sean Dyche misses out on first Everton signing as Sheffield United star rejects £20m transfer opportunity

Oli McBurnie, Anel Ahmedhodzic and Iliman Ndiaye of Sheff Utd

Everton will not be able to sign Iliman Ndiaye after the Sheffield United ace rejected the chance to join them, according to a report.

Ndiaye has enjoyed a sensational rise in the last two seasons, culminating in him now being Sheff Utd’s top goalscorer this term and a full Senegal international. His record stands at 10 goals and eight assists from 29 matches so far this campaign, while he also made three appearances for Senegal at the World Cup.

The forward has proved he is too good for the Championship. He is simply running rings around defenders while scoring fantastic goals in front of Blades fans.

Ndiaye is a crucial part of Sheff Utd’s promotion push this season. Manager Paul Heckingbottom hopes gaining promotion back to the Premier League will keep Ndiaye from pushing for a transfer, at least for an extra season.

But top-flight clubs are keeping tabs on the 22-year-old’s development. Heckingbottom confirmed this at his Friday press conference, saying ‘there has been interest, there always is’.

And it seems Everton have now made a bid for his services.

According to French newspaper L’Equipe, the Toffees have launched a €23million (£20.2m) offer for Ndiaye. But before Sheff Utd could respond, the player himself pushed back their advances.

Everton are on the verge of appointing Sean Dyche as Frank Lampard’s replacement, and so Ndiaye could have become his first new arrival as Toffees boss.

But Ndiaye wants to stay at Bramall Lane until the end of the season, the report states. Then, he will decide whether to stay with them or achieve a big move elsewhere.

Iliman Ndiaye may have been worried about Everton turmoil

Rejecting Everton does seem like a good idea at the moment. They are a club in turmoil, both on and off the pitch. They sit 19th in the Premier League table and are at real risk of being relegated, while they cannot spend huge sums of money without getting into trouble with Financial Fair Play.

To make matters worse, Everton supporters are desperate to get owner Farhad Moshiri out of the club. All of these factors may have been playing on Ndiaye’s mind, explaining why he did not want to join Everton.

The former Marseille youth player will probably have the chance to join a better Premier League side in the summer, too. All he needs to do is continue his electric Sheff Utd form and other teams will be clamouring for his signature.

There is also the possibility of Ndiaye remaining with Heckingbottom’s men. He is adored by the fans there and has a contract running until June 2024.

As mentioned previously, promotion is the best bet for Sheff Utd to try and keep hold of their star man. Should the Blades go up, then Ndiaye could decide to stay with them for another season, allowing him to show off his talent on the big stage through regular game time.

Everton may have missed out on him, but the dynamic Sheff Utd man will surely shine in the Prem at some point in the near future.

Meanwhile, a report has detailed the three concerns Everton had about Marcelo Bielsa which made them go for Dyche instead.