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West Ham and Arsenal go head-to-head in the battle to land Championship-bound star

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Stoke City midfielder Badou Ndiaye is being chased by Arsenal, West Ham United and Besiktas, according to reports from Senegal.

Senegalese media outlet Galsen Foot are reporting that Arsenal and Besiktas have joined West Ham in the race to land Ndiaye, who earned admirers despite Stoke’s relegation to the Championship.

Gary Rowett has recently left Derby County to become the new manager of Stoke and he will be keen to run the rule over his squad this summer.

But he is expecting an inevitable exodus of Stoke’s star players with the likes of Jack Butland, Joe Allen, Xherdan Shaqiri likely to be the subjects of bids in this summer transfer window.

Ndiaye is another player who could leave the bet365 Stadium this summer, despite only joining the club in the January transfer window.

The Senegal international impressed with his box-to-box displays for the Potters but he could not keep his side in the Premier League.

The 27-year-old scored twice in 13 games for Stoke after joining for £14m in January from Turkish side Galatasaray.

Galatasaray’s rivals Besiktas are now interested in the former Bodo/Glimt and Osmanlispor midfielder with Stoke likely to ask for at least the same transfer fee they paid to snap him up.

Ndiaye could team up with his international team-mate Cheikhou Kouyate in central midfield for West Ham, while Arsenal are also likely to look for new midfielders before next season.

The Verdict

Ndiaye showed that he is a Premier League player, standing out as the top performer in a poor Stoke midfield.

With bags of energy and a willingness to get forward, West Ham could really benefit from having his legs in their midfield, especially as they found themselves light towards the end of the season in that department.

I am not sure he would get into Arsenal’s first-team but a move to the North London giants would surely tempt the Senegalese midfield man as he would have the chance to compete for trophies and play European football again.

Stoke fans – Can you keep Ndiaye? Let us know below…

NCTJ-qualified journalist - University of Birmingham undergraduate - King's College London postgraduate - Coventry City and West Ham United

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