By George Overhill

28th Aug, 2022 | 12:40pm

Leeds United join Premier League rivals in chase for Ajax attacker Mohammed Kudus

Leeds United are interested in signing the highly sought-after Ajax youngster Mohammed Kudus among a host of Premier League rivals, reports.

The attacking midfielder is in demand across the English top flight and there are “several clubs” across Europe after him, with Everton the first to make official contact over a move.

Fabrizio Romano had reported on 19 August that a move to Goodison Park was on the cards, but amid an apparent u-turn at the Johan Cruyff Arena, the Dutch giants’ manager Alfred Schreuder has since denied the 22-year-old is going anywhere, despite his frustrations over playing time [GOAL].

However, according to Ajax are now going to be forced into a decision over the Ghanian international’s future with Everton making their intentions official, while the Whites are joined by Tottenham, Wolves and Leicester in the pack of interested parties.

In a separate report, the same outlet reports that Belgian champions Club Brugge are also readying an offer and the player may be able to move on loan if the Eredevisie side aren’t willing to lose him permanently.

Despite his age, the former Nordsjaelland man has five goals in 16 international gaps and 46 appearances for Ajax, yet has been consigned to a bench role and wants to improve his playing time.

Hotting up

If anybody is going to prize the youngster out of Amsterdam before the window closes they are going to have to have some luck on their side.

Everton appear to be leading the race, but amid the confusion over what appeared to be a done deal for them nine days ago it seems Ajax have spied the opportunity to stir up the market for Kudus.

Schreuder has claimed he needs as many good players as he can get, and with teammate Antony subject of massive bids from Manchester United which are themselves also being turned down, the attacking line up of his squad is far from settled.

Despite that he has only given Kudus a grand total of 24 minutes game time across three brief substitute appearances so far this season [Transfermarkt], suggesting he may be bluffing over the player’s prospects this year and lending credence to the youngster’s desire to leave.

Nominally an attacking or central midfielder, he can be fielded as a centre-forward, and although the likes of Brenden Aaronson and Rodrigo have so far been excelling in the deeper attacking roles another option going forward is rarely a bad thing.

His versatility could make sense in allowing him to be played up front where injuries plague Patrick Bamford and the hesitancy to use Joe Gelhardt endures, and would free Dan James to either play his natural position or be sold to Tottenham.

A loan deal for Kudus could make sense on both sides if he is difficult to land permanently, but Victor Orta will need to catch up with Everton in the coming days if he is to make it happen.

In other Leeds United news, Phil Hay shared an important injury update from Jesse Marsch following the Whites’ first loss of the season.