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29-y/o closing in on Stoke City departure

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Stoke City midfielder Badou N’Diaye is poised to become the first player to leave the club in January, with the 29-year-old reportedly close to signing for Trabzonspor.

The Senegalese midfielder signed for Stoke from Galatasaray for a reported fee of £14m in January 2018, but spent the entirety of last season back on loan in Turkey after failing to save the club from Premier League relegation.

N’Diaye, however, was reintroduced to the Potters’ starting line-up by Nathan Jones in the early stages of this season, with the Welshman taking a real liking to the combative, defensive midfielder.

But following the arrival of Michael O’Neill at the bet365 Stadium, N’Diaye has made only one Championship start under the former Northern Ireland boss, with a January exit looking likely.

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The Telegraph claim that Stoke are keen to get N’Diaye’s £35k-a-week wages of the books, with Trabzonspor closing in on a loan move with a view to sign him permanently in the summer. It is also understood that N’Diaye is set to fly to Turkey to complete a move within the next 48 hours.

O’Neill is reportedly under pressure to slash the club’s £50m wage bill next month, as they look to conform with the EFL’s new profitability rules.

New regulations say that clubs cannot breach losses of £39m over a three-year period, which has left the club deeply frustrated.

The Verdict

This is a real shame for Stoke supporters.

Under Jones, N’Diaye looked like an exceptional player who bulldozed around in midfielder and offered real drive and power to their team.

But because of their spending under past managers, it looks as if Stoke don’t really have any choice but to get rid in January, which could well be best for both parties.


Nottingham-based journalist who regularly covers Nottingham Forest home and away.

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