Everton are actually expected to re-explore a deal for Rennes winger Kamaldeen Sulemana after Arnaut Danjuma turned his back on a move to Goodison Park despite undergoing a medical at Finch Farm. After parting company with manager Frank Lampard on Monday, the Toffees are actually set to miss out on their top January goal with the Villarreal winger set to undergo a medical at Tottenham Hotspur’s Enfield Way training complex this afternoon.
Everton had finalised the capture of Danjuma bar the player’s signature and now in a shocking turn of events, they’ve been left facing further misery as their frantic seek for a recent boss also continues within the background.
The Toffees were set to sign Danjuma on an initial loan with a compulsory purchase option at the top of the season.
The club had also agreed to cover all the Dutchman’s wages until the top of the season with the attacker able to boost their hopes of Premier League survival.
He even accomplished his media duties and first interview with the Toffees before making a pointy U-turn ahead of his first training session with the club this morning.
Now Ghana international forward Sulemana looks set to turn into Everton’s transfer priority after already holding extensive talks with Rennes over a deal.
Discussions that took place prior to Everton’s agreement for Danjuma were also centred around a loan until the top of the season with a buy option.
Sulemana has only scored once in 13 Ligue 1 outings this term but he stays a player that may be very highly rated for the longer term at just 20 years old.
Rennes are open to letting him leave the club this month in the event that they receive what they consider to be a good proposal.
Everton are evidently working with a restricted budget but a large forward stays the priority for the board as they seek to sign some reinforcements for his or her recent manager.
The Toffees were also taken with signing Lorient’s Dango Ouattara before his £20million move to Bournemouth.
Ouattara made an easy impact on his Premier League debut as he registered an assist in his first start against Nottingham Forest on Saturday.
Danjuma’s Villarreal team-mate Nicolas Jackson was also briefly considered but he’s now also set to hitch Bournemouth.
Alongside Bundesliga side Augsburg, the Cherries were also keen on Sulemana but they’ve since pursued other targets.
Sulemana’s former Nordsjaelland coach Flemming Pedersen has previously claimed the Ghanaian has the potential to be pretty much as good as Neymar in an exciting reference for Everton supporters.
He said: “We’re talking a couple of player with potential on par with Neymar and perhaps even greater than that, because he’s even faster.”
Newcastle and Manchester United are believed to be amongst people who have scouted Sulemana since he began to make a reputation for himself in Denmark with Nordsjaelland.
Rennes paid around £16m to sign the teenager back in the summertime of 2021 and they’d understandably be keen to overturn profit in the event that they were to conform to a sale.
Meanwhile, Newcastle have also entered talks with Everton over the signing of Anthony Gordon, who continues to be yet to pen a recent contract at Goodison Park.