Everton have reportedly made a verbal offer to sign Stade Rennais winger Kamaldeen Sulemana, according to The Athletic’s David Ornstein.
The Toffees recently picked up an initial fee of £40m by selling Anthony Gordon to Newcastle United in a deal that will eventually see the Merseyside club get £45m in total once the added bonuses come in.
With Tuesday’s January transfer deadline approaching, Everton have made a move to bring in a potential replacement for the Englishman.
In a recent Twitter post, Ornstein had this to say on the situation.
He said: “Everton made verbal offer on Sunday for permanent signing of Rennes winger Kamaldeen Sulemana. Would see #EFC reinvest some Gordon proceeds in direct replacement. #StadeRennais seeking ~€30m for 20yo who wants to go. #SaintsFC still keen.”
After scoring 14 goals and supplying eight assists in 43 appearances for FC Nordsjaelland, Sulemana joined Rennes in the 2021 summer transfer window.
With 47 appearances to his name for his current side, the winger has found the net six times and delivered four assists across all competitions.
This season has seen the 20-year-old make 20 appearances for Rennes but only start four of them, scoring one goal in Ligue 1 and providing two assists in the Europa League.
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This suggests that a move to the Premier League to play for a club like Everton on a potentially regular basis could be a very tempting prospect for the youngster.
Described as an “enormous talent” by talent scout Jacek Kulig on Twitter, the winger would also help the Toffees forget about their disappointment of seeing Arnaut Danjuma snatched out of their grasp earlier in the month by Tottenham Hotspur as well as being a suitable replacement for Gordon, as Ornstein mentioned.
Moving forward, we feel that Everton should do all they can to bring the winger to Goodison Park and out of Southampton’s clutches so they end the transfer window with a fresh attacking figure in their ranks.