Ajax midfielder Mohammed Kudus, who was linked with a move to Tottenham during the summer transfer window, has now admitted that he was keen on joining Everton.
GhanaWeb were the first to report at the start of August that Spurs held an interest in Kudus. The report claimed that Antonio Conte’s men were ‘confident’ they could strike a deal for the 22-year-old next summer if they failed to get him this year.
Tottenham’s interest in the midfielder was also backed up by Ghanasoccernet, who claimed last month that scouts from Spurs had watched the player in action.
However, it was Everton who allegedly came closest to snapping up Kudus, with The Daily Mirror reporting towards the end of the transfer window that the Toffees thought they had agreed a deal for the Ghanaian, only for Ajax to go back on their word and block the move.
The midfielder has now opened up on his failed move to Goodison Park and responded to allegations that he refused to train in an effort to force a transfer to Everton.
Kudus told Dutch outlet NOS: “Everton offered me a great opportunity and I wanted to try it. No footballer wants to sit on the bench and neither do I.
“Although I understood that not everyone can play all the time, Everton seemed like a good option at the time. It wasn’t that I didn’t want to train, but I’m human and had a lot to deal with in a very short time. The chapter is now over and I’m still here.”
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It does not appear as if Tottenham made any concrete move for Kudus over the summer, despite suggestions to the contrary. The midfielder has now seemingly confirmed that it was only Everton who pushed to sign him from Ajax.
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