Everton reignite move for Iliman Ndiaye with takeover in the balance

By Pete O'Rourke, Transfer Correspondent

13th Mar, 2023 | 6:00pm

Sources: Everton reignite move for Iliman Ndiaye with takeover in the balance

Everton remain interested in Sheffield United star Iliman Ndiaye after failing with a January bid, sources have told Football Insider.

It is believed that the Blades want to keep the 23-year-old at Bramall Lane by tying him down to a new contract – as his current deal is set to expire in less than 18 months’ time.

The takeover situation at Sheffield United combined with uncertainty over potential promotion means negotiations with Ndiaye have been held up.

Nevertheless, it is believed that the Blades are confident of renewing Ndiaye’s contract if they secure promotion back to the Premier League.

However, if they fail in that endeavour they will be vulnerable to losing the Senegal international – with a number of top-flight sides making regular checks on his progress.

Sources have told Football Insider that Sheffield United could be forced to accept a bid as low as £10-15million if a new contract cannot be agreed.

Paul Heckingbottom’s side have won just one of their last five Championship games and their lead over third-place Middlesbrough now stands at just four points.

Meanwhile, confusion reigns over a potential takeover by Nigerian billionaire Dozy Mmobuosi after news broke of him being close to purchasing the club last month.

According to YorkshireLive (10 March), Mmobuosi is yet to satisfy the EFL’s demands in order to complete a deal – with proof of funds apparently an issue.

Ndiaye has notched 12 goals and eight assists across 40 appearances for the Blades this season – playing in several attacking roles for Heckingbottom’s side.

He also turned out three times for Senegal at the World Cup in Qatar before they were eliminated in the last-16 by England.

Everton are desperate for attacking reinforcements if they survive relegation from the Premier League this season – with the Toffees scoring just 20 goals this term.

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