After being linked with Lyon, Guingamp striker Mustapha Yatabare declared he wants a move away from France this summer.
It seems that everyone wants a piece of Mustapha Yatabare this summer. The Mali international striker was close to sealing a move to Qatari side Al-Arabi, but it fell through and has opened up a chance for other sides to come into the picture.
The French-born striker is 28 years old now, but finally got his big chance to shine in Ligue 1 last season, and the player from Beauvais scored 11 times in the league as EA Guingamp surprised everyone by avoiding relegation.
The club from Brittany went even better in the Coupe de France, shocking the nation by beating local rivals Rennes 2-0 in the final. Yatabare scored eight goals in six games and was a huge factor in the unfancied side winning their second ever Coupe de France.
Yatabare was expected to leave this summer, but has begun the season with the Breton side, when the move to Qatar failed, Lyon were quickly linked with a move for the centre-forward. Hubert Fournier would hope that Yatabare couple replace the experience of Bafetimbi Gomis and Jimmy Briand who both left the club this summer.
It was when he was responding to the Lyon link that he gave the hint that he would prefer a move away from France this summer.
He said that his wish was to find an ambitious club, and why not try his luck. He confirmed he had no formal contact with Lyon and he had already proved his ability, so now he needed a good proposal.
He ended by saying “Je suis toujours Guingampais”, but his ambition was to play abroad.
There is little doubt that Yatabare has the ability to play in the Premier League, so if a club like Leeds United were able to tempt the tall and powerful centre-forward to move to the championship this season, it is a challenge that the player would definitely rise to.
Sides like Burnley, Leicester City and just about smaller Premier League team should take a chance on Yatabare, but Leeds will have pulled off a coup if they push forward their interest in the international forward.