In May 2009 Manchester United snapped up a young Senegalese striker by the name of Mame Biram Diouf. Hearing of the talented striker’s goalscoring exploits through former player Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, manager of Diouf’s at Norwegian side Molde FK, they made a move, signed him, then loaned him straight back.
His goalscoring record in Norway was superb; 45 goals in 86 appearances for the club.
But despite scoring on his home debut for the club against he always faced an uphill battle to get minutes in the Old Trafford side.
With the likes of Wayne Rooney, Dimitar Berbatov, Cristiano Ronaldo and Javier Hernandez for competition it was always unlikely he was going to become a regular at the club.
And he quickly got back to his goalscoring exploits.
He bagged 10 goals in his first 15 games and last season was again in top form bagging 17 in 36. So far this term he has scored twice in five outings taking his tally to an impressive 29 goals in 56 games.
That sort of form in one of Europe’s most difficult leagues was always going to gain recognition and he has been linked with numerous Premier League sides in the past including Stoke City, Newcastle United and Fulham - and with his contract expiring at the end of the season it is no wonder why interest in his services is so high.
Yesterday however, despite it being admitted no talks were ongoing between the two parties, the €20 million valued striker admitted he was happy at the club:
"I am under contract with Hannover and I like being at the club. Hanover is a good place to be. I feel signing for Hannover was the best thing I ever did in my life."
Of course his contract situation tells a different story, a story of a player who is set to leave for nothing in a years’ time. Even if that is not the case, he certainly won’t be going anywhere for the price Hannover are quoting so near to his contract expiry date.
So the chances of seeing Diouf in the Premier League again next season? Well they are very high indeed.
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