Linked with £3m Chelsea move a year ago ... now in a French relegation dogfight

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Abdul Majeed Waris has joined French outfit Valenciennes on a six-month loan from Spartak Moscow.

In 2012 Swedish side BK Hacken had their highest ever finish in the top-flight of Swedish football - and the 23 goals in 29 games by the Ghanaian international Abdul Majeed Waris were pivotal in their rise to the top..

His form did not go unnoticed - and Premier League scouts soon started circling. He was heavily linked with a move to the Premier League as Norwich City reportedly readied a bid - but Chelsea were the biggest club said to be keeping tabs on the Ghanaian forward, it was even reported that Chelsea were ready with a concrete bid - believed to be in the region of £3 million for the player.

But in the end he felt his first-team chances would be better served elsewhere - and Waris instead signed for Russian Premier League side Spartak Moscow at the end of last year.

But it has not been plain sailing from there.

Injury problems and struggles with form have seen him drop out of the first team for much of his time at the club - and his wait for a goal was long and hard.

He has only recently scored his first goal for the club. He bagged a goal in the 88th minute against FC Rostov, which proved to be the winner - just the 358 days after first signing for the Russian giants.

That remains his one and only goal for the club - and with his chances of making the Ghana squad for next summer’s World Cup dwindling he has decided to take action.

Yesterday he signed a six month loan deal at French outfit Valenciennes. The Ligue 1 outfit, who also have recognisable names such as Anthony Le Tallec on their books, are currently in a relegation fight in France and are short of goals in their bid for survival.

They clearly hope that the arrival of Waris could spark his form, and their survival hopes instantly, in order to push back up the French top flight.

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