Transfers DONE DEAL: Everton sign Senegal star Iliman Ndiaye from Marseille

Everton have signed versatile forward Iliman Ndiaye from Olympique Marseille for an undisclosed fee, the Senegal international penning a five-year contract until the end of June 2029.

The 24-year-old, who can play in multiple attacking positions, becomes the Blues’ third addition of the summer transfer window following the return of Jack Harrison on a season-long loan from Leeds United, and young central midfielder Tim Iroegbunam from Aston Villa.

An international teammate of Idrissa Gana Gueye, Ndiaye joined Marseille last August, going on to make 46 appearances for the French giants, including 14 in their run to the Europa League semi-finals.

A technically-gifted forward who is strong at carrying the ball and taking players on, Ndiaye revealed the key factors to wanting to sign for Everton and what he hopes to bring to Sean Dyche’s team to build on their progress from last season.

“I am so pleased to be an Everton player,” he told evertontv. “The main reasons I wanted to join were how big the club is, its history and the part I can play in helping the team in the forward direction it is going in. I’m so excited and can’t wait to get going.

“Kevin [Thelwell] and the manager both spoke to me and made me feel wanted. My Senegal teammate Idrissa also played a part and spoke highly of the Club and a lot of good things.

“As a player, I like to dribble, show skills and get the fans out their seats. I want to score goals and get assists but I also like to work hard. I love running, chasing the ball, getting the team high up the pitch. As a striker, you’re the first defender. I love doing that bit.

“I’m so excited. I want to come in and carry on from the team’s progress last season. I feel like I’ll be ready to help and I just want to give it my all to get this club higher up the table.”

Born in France, Ndiaye started his youth career at local club Rouen and later signed for Marseille’s academy. From there, he moved to Dakar Sacre-Coeur in Senegal, the country of his father’s birth, before moving to England and joining Boreham Wood.

He signed for Sheffield United in August 2019 and made his name as a professional at Bramall Lane, proving a key attacking talent for the Blades.

Scoring twice on his full debut in a 6-2 win over Peterborough United in September 2021, Ndiaye hit the winning goal against Tottenham Hotspur in March 2023 to send Sheffield United through to the FA Cup quarter-finals.


Dennis Mabuka

Dennis Mabuka is a seasoned Kenyan journalist with 18 years of experience covering sports events. He is currently a sport content creator with en.Africatopsports.com.

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