As Hull City close in on the signing of Palermo’s Uruguayan striker Abel Hernandez, it should mean that one of their strikers leaves the club before Monday’s deadline. French-born striker Yannick Sagbo is reportedly wanted by Ligue 1 side Stade de Reims as the struggling club look for a goal-scorer for the new season.
The 26-year-old striker originally made his name at fellow Ligue 1 side Evian Thonon Gaillard after starting as a youngster at AS Monaco. He had been linked with moves to England after scoring 25 goals in three seasons for Evian, with Tottenham Hotspur one of the sides linked with the tall central striker.
Eventually Hull City made Evian a bid of just under €2 million in the summer of 2013 and Sagbo joined up with Steve Bruce in the Premier League.
The move hasn’t been the success both had hoped. In his first season at the club he made 16 starts, came off the bench 12 times and only managed to score twice. He picked up half as many red cards as he did goals.
As the new season has started, Sagbo has yet to feature for Bruce in the Premier League. With Hernandez likely to come in, the door is open for Sagbo to move on.
Reims could pay €1 million to bring him back to France, with newspaper L’Equipe reporting that it was one of three signings that Reims had planned, and they have today completed the deal for defender Chris Mavinga, which backs up the validity of the story.
Sagbo would be able to once again play in a league that he knows well and Reims certainly need a goal-scorer as they have yet to win a game in Ligue 1 this season. Striker Gaetan Charbonnier has failed to score this season and he is looking like a flop signing from last season.
Sagbo could just be what Reims need, lacking a presence up front to lead the line and if Hull don’t need him, the chance for redemption in Ligue 1 is there for Sagbo.