Everton are closing in on a loan move for Ajax attacking midfielder Mohammed Kudus, The Athletic understands.
The deal would be a loan for the 2022-23 season, with an option for Everton to then buy the Ghana international.
Frank Lampard is seeking attacking reinforcements before the September 1 deadline with Dele Alli in talks over an initial loan move to Besiktas.
Kudus, who has three years left on his current contract in Amsterdam, started his senior career at Danish side Nordsjaelland after arriving from the Right to Dream academy in Ghana.
He spent 18 months in Denmark, before joining Ajax for €9million, where he has so far made 35 Eredivisie appearances across three seasons.
The 22-year-old came off the bench late on in Ajax’s 6-1 win over Groningen last weekend but is now set for a Premier League challenge with Lampard’s side.
Everton have turned down bids from Newcastle and Tottenham, as well as rebuffing an approach from Chelsea, for the 21-year-old winger.
Lampard admitted he could not make guarantees but insisted Gordon remained a “valuable asset” and said he hoped the Merseysider’s “link to the fans” would prove pivotal.
“He’s an Everton player so I don’t want to talk about hypotheticals or what might be,” Lampard said.
“He’s got a huge value to the team, is a massive player in the squad and is a valuable asset to the club – one that we’ve developed ourselves and is a link to the fans. That’s the story of Anthony Gordon.
“You can’t ask me to assure (fans) anything. It’d be naïve. I don’t want to get into hypotheticals. He’s our player, it’s as simple as that.”
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