As the summer transfer window rolls on, it’s more and more clear what type of players Ronald Koeman wants to round out his 2017-18 Everton squad. A forward, a versatile defender, and, apparently, another central midfielder.
Enter Badou Ndiaye, currently playing for Osmanlıspor in the Turkish Süper Lig. 26 years old, the Senegalese international has 17 goals in 59 career matches for his side. Capable of playing anywhere in midfield, Ndiaye largely played in an advanced creative role for Osmanlıspor in the past campaign. He registered 7 goals and 3 assists across 3042 minutes.
Given the recent reconfiguration of the African Cup of Nations, it’s interesting to see Everton suddenly find an interest in a player who would have previously been called away during the middle of a season for international duty.
At 5’10, 163 lbs, Ndiaye’s versatility would be welcome in Ronald Koeman’s side, particularly given that James McCarthy and Muhamed Besic are unable to play further forward in a pinch. A teammate of Idrissa Gueye with Senegal, Ndiaye has played 103 times in central midfield, 59 matches in attacking midfield, and also has a handful of appearances on the right wing.
West Ham are also said to be interested in the player, but given the two clubs’ respective statures in the current football climate, Ndiaye may be more interested in linking up with the bigger side at this stage in his career.
If Everton are willing to go above the £7 million offered by the Hammers, this could be one to watch, especially if the Blues cut ties with someone like McCarthy or Besic.