Report: West Ham in pole position to land £8m-rated midfielder, London rivals also in pursuit
By Danny Wright
West Ham are leading the charge to sign Osmanlispor midfielder Badou N’Diaye, according to a report.
The Daily Mail claims that the Hammers’ London rivals Crystal Palace and Sunderland are also pursuing the 26-year-old, who is rated at £8million by his club.
It is understood that, despite the strong interest that N’Diaye is attracting, West Ham are in pole position to land the eight-times Senegal international, who has been on the radar throughout the last season.
The report says that N’Diaye is eager to get a shot at playing in the Premier League while Osmanlispor’s general manager Ender Yurtguven has been quoted by the Daily Mail as saying that “an agreement in principle” with an English club has been made.
N’Diaye featured heavily in the Turkish top-flight for Osmanlispor last term, making 26 appearances and scoring six goals while also playing a part in the club’s Europa League campaign.
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He moved to his current club in 2015 after a two year stint in Norway with Bodo/Glimt, where he also showed his prowess in front of goal by netting 31 times in 114 appearances.
Football Insider Verdict
Signing N’Diaye would represent a huge risk for West Ham, but they appear to have done their homework on him and seem eager to sign him up regardless. The Hammers’ recent recruitment has been more than questionable. Last summer was a disaster and a replacement for Dmitri Payet is yet to be sounded out. N’Diaye simply will not fill the void that the Frenchman left. He’s good in front of goal, but is completely unproven in one of Europe’s top leagues, so £8million would definitely be better spent elsewhere. Slaven Bilic needs new strikers and David Gold has already made it clear that he isn’t in for midfielders this summer.
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