By Will Butcher
West Ham are keeping tabs on Senegal winger Papa Ndiaye as he looks to secure a move to the Premier League, according to a report.
Sun correspondent Alan Nixon claimed in Sunday’s paper (page 59) that the Hammers are tracking the flying winger, who plays for Europa League outfit Osmanlispor in Turkey.
Ndiaye, 26, is currently representing Senegal at the Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon with the likes of Sadio Mane, Cheikhou Kouyate and Mame Biram Diouf.
Known for his explosive pace and wonderful dribbling ability, Ndiaye scored for his country in the 2-0 win over the Democratic Republic of Congo in an ACON warm-up on Tuesday.
Ndiaye has been integral to Osmanlispor’s eye-catching campaign in Turkey’s top flight, which has seen them defy pre-season expectations to sit in a lofty sixth place.
Having a hand in seven league goals, Ndiaye has scored five himself and provided a further two assists in just 15 domestic outings. He also scored in the Europa League and added an assist over six matches.
His returns are even more impressive when you go back a season, when he scored 11 goals in 33 Super Lig appearances.
Although a move for Hull’s Robert Snodgrass is likely to be Slaven Bilic’s priority, the east London outfit could turn to Ndiaye if Snodgrass is prevented from leaving Marco Silva’s side.
Football Insider verdict:
With 18 months left on his Osmanlispor contract, Bilic could look to bring in the highly-rated winger in a cut-price deal from the Turkish outfit. His goalscoring exploits this term have propelled Ndiaye onto the world stage, and would be a top signing if he was brought to the London Stadium. However, Bilic must remember that his summer signings from ashore have struggled to adapt in the Premier League. Winger Gokhan Tore, who joined from Osmanlispor’s Turkish rivals Besiktas, has struggled this season along with the likes of Simone Zaza, Jonathan Calleri and Havard Nordtveit. Snodgrass must be signed before targeting Ndiaye.
In other West Ham transfer news, a manager has revealed why this Hammers target was left on the bench.