17 July 2024

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Everton are still targeting wingers before the close of the window but the pursuit of Kamaldeen Sulemana is affected by a “fractious” relationship with Southampton, according to FootballTransfers.

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The outlet reported via their website on 30 August that Sean Dyche is “keen” on the Saints ace, 21, and his camp wants a Premier League move, but the south coast club are unhappy with the Toffees after the unsuccessful negotiations for Che Adams, whom they believe has been left “unsettled” after £15million transfer talks broke down.

Leeds United star Luis Sinisterra, 24, is now the primary alternative after “numerous” bids for Elland Road teammate Willy Gnonto were rejected.

Everton have already signed Jack Harrison from Elland Road on loan and were also previously interested in another Leeds winger Crysencio Summerville this summer [Telegraph, 20 June].

Arnaut Danjuma has also arrived on loan to bolster the wide options but both Demarai Gray and now Alex Iwobi could leave.

Leeds will be sick of the sight of transfer communications from Goodison Park by the end of this summer, having already lost one and fought desperately to keep hold of a second.

But apparently not as sick as Southampton if the report is accurate after their own interactions this summer, but there is reason to believe communications actually are still productive.

Mason Holgate has successfully switched to St. Mary’s on loan this summer, which has been held up as reason to believe that a Kamaldeen move to Merseyside could still be in the offing.

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And if Adams is “unsettled” then Southampton might want to thank Everton for their input since the Scotland international is currently producing at a goal per game in the Championship this season so it doesn’t look like it has done much harm.
The 27-year-old has been linked to an exit repeatedly for a succession of transfer windows, and interest is to be expected, so the fact that the two clubs successfully negotiated Holgate’s loan to completion less than a week ago (25 August) suggests the relationship can’t be that bad.

Sinisterra, like Gnonto, missed multiple Leeds games amid speculation over his future but both made a goalscoring return to the Whites line up in the 4-3 win over Ipswich last weekend.

On the strength of the fact that Leeds wanted to lose Harrison to his relegation release clause a lot less than Southampton wanted to take Holgate the developments between the two clubs respectively might suggest Kamaldeen is the more viable target.

 

 

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