Khouma Babacar has dented Sunderland, Crystal Palace and West Ham United’s hopes of signing him this month as he states he is happy to stay at Fiorentina, Tuttomercatoweb report.
The sought-after striker told the Italian newspaper that he is unfazed by speculation of a move to the Premier League before commenting on his intention to remain with the Tuscany club.
“I train more seriously, as we need to continue to work well," Babacar explained. "As for my future, I do not let the market rumours affect me. I’m happy to stay here."
The 22-year-old has shown real promise in Serie A this season, illustrating great strength, pace and trickery up front that has caused plenty of defenders problems.
His performances for high-flying Fiorentina have not gone unnoticed, especially from within the Premier League as at least three clubs have been heavily linked this month.
Sunderland are among his most ardent suitors, with the Black Cats looking to bolster their striker options this month and provide top scorer Jermain Defoe with a talented strike partner.
TMW have reported in recent days that Sunderland have made a second approach in the region of £11.4 million for his services – an offer which could tempt the Italian side to sell.
West Ham United and Crystal Palace are also said to be keen on a move, and a recent report from Italian transfer expert Gianluca di Marzio claimed the striker was interested in a move to Palace.
However, such rumours have failed to turn in to anything concrete and with just a little over eight days left of the current transfer window, the linked trio now face an uphill task if they want to sign him.