Back in early June as Stoke City’s relegation from the Premier League in the 2017/18 season was still raw, as the summer’s transfer speculation began building Badou Ndiaye was being linked with a move back to former club Galatasaray.
The Stoke Sentinel carried the initial speculation and it certainly mainly around the fact that they understood 27-year-old Ndiaye fancied a return to the Super Lig Champions on a season long loan spell.
It was further reported that Ndiaye had rejected the chance of talking to Wolverhampton Wanderers such was his interest in switching back to his former home.
With news going quiet apart from the usual summer rehashes as the original piece went round online newsrooms, it’s now been claimed that Everton manager Marco Silva is now interested in taking the Senegal international to Goodison Park as part of his strengthening plans ahead of the coming 2018/19 campaign.
With Everton finally beginning to spend this summer the link makes all the sense in the world, especially given the earlier reports that Galatasaray’s financial situation meant they couldn’t do a permanent deal – any outlet could’ve come up with Everton as an exclusive here – and with Ndiaye turning up a day late from his World Cup holiday but missing the St Pauli game with injury, it doesn’t take much to put two and two together and come up with transfer talk.
He was a bright point in a dark campaign but I don’t see this one coming to anything. He’ll be linked with another club next week now he’s back in the mix as with Everton wanting to trim their group if they don’t get rid of Morgan Schneiderlin or a few others, I can’t see them firming up interest even if they have one.
Unless of course, it’s a cash plus one/two players deal where Everton get to trim in the process?