Vultures circle for West Brom loan star as tasty price emerges
Reports claim Galatasaray want just £8million for West Brom loan star Mbaye Diagne and plenty of clubs are interested in the forward.
The 29-year-old moved to the Hawthorns on January 29 and made his Albion debut the following day. It was the seventh loan spell of his career but he could do nothing to prevent the Baggies suffering relegation. That was confirmed on Sunday when they went down 3-1 to Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.
It was thought that the West Midlanders were keen to sign the Senegal international on a permanent basis. But, as Sam Allardyce revealed earlier this year, he, along with fellow loanee Okay Yokuslu, wants to play in the top flight.
“They want to play their football in the Premier League and in England,” he told Sky Sports. “Whether they’d consider that drop down to the Championship, I’m not sure.”
It seems unlikely the African will entertain the idea of remaining in the Black Country. Unless he decides to sign for Wolves.
Nuno Espirito Santo’s side is one of the clubs linked to the Dakar-born ace. Crystal Palace and Watford have also been mentioned in connection with he player.
And Football Insider are reporting that Galatasaray are willing to do business at around the £8m mark. That looks a tempting price for a player who has scored 111 goals from 211 appearances in his career.
Diagne has started 14 of his 15 league appearances for West Brom, notching three goals. He has scored against Manchester United, Chelsea and Wolves and impressed in a struggling team.
Nomad Diagne needs to put down roots
Diagne was once on the books of Italian giants Juventus. He failed to make a single appearance before going on his travels for a few years.
He played in France for Ajaccio, Belgian club Lierse and Al-Shabab in the Saudi Pro League. A return to Belgium followed as he was loaned to Westerlo while he enjoyed a productive spell with Hungarian outfit Ujpest.
Chinese club Tianjin Jinmen was his next port of call followed by Kasımpasa in Turkey. The man with 11 Senegal caps signed for Gala in January 2019 and is under contract until the summer of 2023.
But he had already spent a season on loan with Club Brugge before arriving at Albion. It seems as though the Turkish giants are keen to see him move on and they will not be short of offers at that price.
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