Stoke City have opened talks with Galatasaray over the loan move of Badou Ndiaye, according to reports from Turkey.
It is reported that the Turkish club have released an official statement, telling of their intention to sign the player. “Official negotiations have started with Stoke City for the temporary transfer of professional footballer Papa Alioune Ndiaye,” the Istanbul-based club said in the statement.
The 27-year-old Senegalese midfielder moved to England for £14m from Galatasaray in January, but hasn’t settled following the Potters relegation to the Championship.
He was part of the Senegal World Cup squad eliminated in the group stages this summer and currently has just one Championship appearance to his name for Gary Rowett’s side, having not featured since the 3-1 defeat against Leeds.
Stoke have started the season badly, with one win and two draws from five games, but they’ve recently added Brentford’s Ryan Woods to their midfield and are now looking to allow Ndiaye to return to his previous club.
There’s no real surprise here, I’m not sure anyone expected him to be wearing red and white come the start of September and that still appears to be the case.
A move back to Turkey seems to be a good fit, although it remains to be seen whether they can get anywhere near the £14m they spent on him.
Yet, with Woods now linking up with the squad, Stoke look sorted for midfielders and it’s now down to Rowett and the team to improve after a disastrous start.
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