EVERTON TRANSFER NEWS: DYCHE BOOST AFTER SHEFFIELD UNITED STAR’S DECISION
Sheffield United striker Iliman Ndiaye has now set his stance on playing in England or France next season amid interest from Everton and Marseille in his summer transfer.
That is according to Foot Mercato, which reports that Marseille are unyielding in chasing a transfer for Ndiaye. OM president Pablo Longoria and sporting director Javier Ribalta are determined to see the 23-year-old be a Phoceens player under new manager, Marcelino.
The Marseille chiefs remain in contact with Ndiaye’s entourage to try and convince them of the Ligue 1 giant’s project. OM have been hot on the Senegal star’s situation since the start of the summer. But the striker’s camp have put a block in Les Phoceens’ path to a switch.
Marseille are unyielding in their pursuit of Everton target, Ndiaye
Ndiaye’s entourage have convinced Ndiaye to consider staying at Sheffield United for the 2023/24 term after speaking with the Blades. Yet Longoria and Ribalta have not given up and recently headed to Faro, Portugal to hold talks with their counterparts from Bramall Lane.
Marseille do not have any direct meetings planned with Sheffield United’s CEO, Stephen Bettis, as yet. But Longoria and Ribalta remain in contact with Ndiaye’s family, hoping to convince them that a transfer to the port city in southern France is right for the forward
Everton are also interested in securing a transfer from Sheffield United for Ndiaye in the summer sales, per Fabrizio Romano. The Toffees have been among the most active clubs chasing his signature since April. Multiple Premier League sides are keen on his services.
Ndiaye has been on Everton’s radar since this January, too, but Sheffield United refused to sanction his transfer. Sky Sports noted at the end of the winter sales that the Toffees chose against submitting an improved bid. The Blades rejected the Blues’ £25m plus add-ons bid.
Ndiaye sets his stance on a summer switch to France
Foot Mercato’s report should delight Sean Dyche, then. It also notes that Everton target Ndiaye would prefer to stay in England than move to France, despite Marseille eying his transfer from Sheffield United. Also despite it being his possible return to Les Phoceens.
Ndiaye is happy in England as his family are settled in the country having first moved in 2016. The striker came to England to join Boreham Wood in his youth before heading to Sheffield United in 2019. His junior career also included a jaunt playing in Marseille’s academy sides.
The Blades have been the making of Ndiaye, however. He has amassed 88 senior outings for 22 goals and 14 assists. The seven-cap Senegal striker, who debuted in 2022, offered 15 of his goals and 12 assists from 52 appearances through the course of the 2022/23 term, too.
Ndiaye’s haul helped Sheffield United to secure automatic promotion back into the Premier League. While his only goal in the FA Cup returned a 1-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur in the fourth round. Clinton Morrison also dubbed Ndiaye ‘outstanding’ after his hit against Spurs.