Everton have reportedly made a verbal offer of £22m for Southampton winger Kamaldeen Sulemama, who they were close to signing in January.
Both Everton and Southampton had offers accepted for the Ghana international but he ultimately decided to make the switch to St Mary’s rather than Goodison Park.
Sulemana has made 18 appearances for the Saints, scoring two goals and making one assist so far. He was ultimately unable to prevent them from being relegated to the Championship, though.
As a result, the lightning-fast winger wants to leave Southampton before the transfer window closes, and Everton are once again in the mix for his signature.
Demarai Gray is expected to leave the Toffees imminently. The Merseyside club have already accepted an offer from Saudi club Al Shabab. If Gray reaches an agreement on personal terms with them, he will move on this summer.
Everton have already signed two wingers this summer – Arnaut Danjuma (loan) and Jack Harrison (loan), but it seems Sean Dyche wants another signing on top of the duo if Gray leaves.
Sulemana could prove to be a good addition, so it will be interesting to see if Everton can reach an agreement with Southampton.
Everton, Nice plot Sulemana move
According to Telegraph journalist Mike McGrath, Everton have made a ‘verbal offer’ for Sulemana, which has been rejected by Southampton.
On Twitter, he wrote:” Everton and OGC Nice have an interest in Southampton winger Kamaldeen Sulemana.
“So far in discussions, verbal offer (approx £22m) from Everton has not been accepted. Southampton value Ghana international at £30m. Seen as player to fill void if Demarai Gray leaves.”
It’s no secret that Everton don’t have a lot of money to spend this summer. Their financial situation worsened on Wednesday when it was revealed by the Athletic that MSP Sports Capital’s talks to purchase a minority stake in the club had collapsed.
That is thought to be the reason why a move for another Southampton player, Che Adams, has stalled. Everton are now prioritising a move for Udinese striker Beto instead.
With that in mind, the Toffees will definitely have to sell Gray before they make any official offers for Sulemana. Even so, £30m may still prove to be too expensive for Dyche’s team.
If they can’t meet Sulemana’s price tag, Nice will become the favourites to sign the Ghanaian this summer.