Everton are now interested in a loan move for 21-year-old Southampton forward Kamaldeen Sulemana.
Everton were linked with a move for the speed merchant back in January when he played for French side Rennes, and it seems the Toffees could reignite their interest this summer.
Indeed, should Sean Dyche secure Sulemana’s signature, it will be the second time this summer that Everton have signed a target identified last January, following Arnaut Danjuma who joined on loan from Villarreal.
Southampton paid £22m in January for Sulemana but were ultimately relegated from the Premier League, with the Ghanaian contributing two goals in 18 games at St Mary’s.
However, both of those goals came in the final game of the season in the 4-4 draw against Liverpool, by which time Southampton were already condemned to the Championship.
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Everton could be taking a gamble on Kamaldeen Sulemana, but loan deal has potential to pay off
Sulemana could be seen as an alternative to Leeds United attacker Wilfred Gnono, with a deal for the Italian now appearing unlikely to happen, despite what looked to be concrete interest from Everton.
Everton desperately need to recruit players in attack this summer, with goals, creativity and an injection of pace an absolute must for Sean Dyche’s side.
A loan deal could be a gamble worth taking on the 21-year-old, who impressed during his time in France and should he do so at Goodison Park, a permanent deal could be agreed at a later date.
With a little over a week to go until the opening game of the 2023/24 Premier League season, there needs to be a real urgency at Goodison Park to get deals over the line.