Everton reportedly target Badou Ndiaye after Wolves launched £22m bid

Marco Silva, Manager of Watford reacts during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Watford at St. James Park on November 25, 2017 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

Wolverhampton Wanderers have reportedly made the first move for Stoke City ace Ndiaye but do not rule out Premier League rivals Everton just yet.

Badou Ndiaye of Stoke City and during the Premier League match between Stoke City and Burnley at Bet365 Stadium on April 22, 2018 in Stoke on Trent, England.

In January 2017, the Mail reported that Everton were very interested in signing Badou Ndiaye from Osmanlispor.

It was understood that Everton even sent scouts to watch him during Senegal’s 2-0 friendly win against Congo. So it might be seen as a surprise that the Toffees have waited so long to make another move for a player who has now proved himself in the Premier League.

Badou Ndiaye of Stoke City battles for possession with Nathan Dyer of Swansea City during the Premier League match between Swansea City and Stoke City at Liberty Stadium on May 13, 2018 in...

Ndiaye joined Stoke in January for £14 million following a brief stint at Galatasaray and impressed despite the Potters’ relegation. Since then, Ndiaye has been linked with a number of Premier League sides with Fanatik claiming on Monday that Wolves had made a £22 million bid.

Finally, however, Everton have re-joined the race, at least according to reports in Turkey. Fotomac believe that Ndiaye is almost certain to leave this summer and there is a chance he will be heading to Goodison Park, although a return to Galatasaray on loan is also possible.

Wayne Rooney of Everton chases down Badou Ndiaye of Stoke City during the Premier League match between Stoke City and Everton at Bet365 Stadium on March 17, 2018 in Stoke on Trent, England.

Stoke have already secured a replacement in Oghenekaro Etebo, meaning the Potters are unlikely to stand in Ndiaye’s way.

Everton are planning a major overhaul of their squad this summer and Ndiaye would add muscle and a goal-scoring threat in the centre of the park. But the Toffees will have to pay big with Wolves seemingly starting the bidding at £22 million.

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