Last summer, Everton were trying to bolster their attack even after adding Neal Maupay to their squad in the same window.

The Toffees tried signing Mohammed Kudus and he also wanted a move, only for Ajax to stop the deal as they knew they were going to sell Antony to Manchester United.

Last September, the 22-year-old admitted the Merseyside club would have been a good option for him. Fast forward to March and he has again talked about his failed move to Everton during a chat with De Telegraaf.

“The fact that Ajax blocked a transfer to Everton last summer disappointed me. I thought it was time for a new chapter in my career, because I didn’t play here,” he said.

“But the moment the transfer market closed, my full focus was back on Ajax. The only reason I wanted to leave before that was my reserve role.”

The Ghana international’s situation has improved this season and he’s impressed for the Eredivisie side. He has 18 goals and five assists from 35 matches in all competitions.

On the other side, Everton have struggled in the league this season and are currently 15th in the table, one point above the relegation zone. Despite last summer’s disappointment, the player is delighted with how things have gone for him at Ajax this season.

He now aims to commit his long-term future to the Dutch club.

“I eliminated that reason [reserve role] myself. Everton are not doing well in the Premier League, Ajax are in the title race and under John Heitinga I am a permanent fixture,”  Kudus explained.

“I have a strong faith in God and he has made the positive decision for me not to let the transfer go through.

“I am very happy at Ajax at the moment, but I will be even happier if we win the double. But why wouldn’t I want to renew? I play and develop well. Now it’s about negotiation and valuation. When the time is right, we’ll see how it goes. But that will have to be conducted with my agent. I want to focus entirely on the title race.”