Villarreal forward Cedric Bakambu is on the verge of signing for Chinese Super League side Beijing Guoan for a whopping £35million after interest from Tottenham and Newcastle United reached a dead-end, according to a report.
The Daily Mail claims that West Ham and West Brom were also interested in Bakambu, 26, but he is now set to move to East Asia after being offered a bumper contract that Premier League sides had no chance of competing with.
Bakambu has been in top form for Villarreal in La Liga this season, with 14 goals in 21 appearances across all competitions for the Spanish top-flight side.
The prolific forward has averaged a goal every other game in his time at Villarreal which is no doubt strugglers like Newcastle and West Brom had tabs on him this month.
Unlike most Chinese Super League sides, Beijin Guoan don’t have many star names, with former Barcelona and Red Bull Salzburg striker Jonathan Soriano perhaps their only well-known player.
Football Insider verdict
Bakambu would have been a decent addition to any Premier League team. He is quick, skillful and knows how to find the back of the net. Teams like West Ham, West Brom and Newcastle really need a prolific striker like the DR Congo international this month, but they have no chance of being able to afford a player for £35million, let alone the mammoth wages he would have likely been offered by the Chinese club. It is yet again a show that the Premier League may not be the richest league in the world. Chinese sides have limited foreign players in the squads so they can pick one or two players who they will spend huge amounts on. Whereas in England, clubs have the ability to spread their cash across a whole squad.
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