Badou Ndiaye might have only spent a few months at Galatasaray before joining Stoke City for £14 million in January, but it seems that life in Istanbul treated the Senegal enforcer well.
So much so that he was willing to turn down the chance to move to ambitious Premier League newcomers Wolverhampton Wanderers this summer.
And, according to a report in Milliyet, the fact that Gala are in a dire financial position and were recently fined by UEFA for failing to comply with FFP regulations is unlikely to stand in the way of the 27-year-old’s impending move to the Turkish Super Lig champions.
Ndiaye is even willing to take a substantial pay cut in order to seal a return to a team he joined from Osmanlispor a year ago. It is understood that Ndiaye will accept a contract worth around £45,000-a-week – which is around £650,000 less than he was due to receive annually at Stoke.
This suggests that Wolves never really had a chance of luring Ndiaye to the Black Country, with the powerhouse midfielders’ mind very much set earlier on in the transfer window.
But if Wolves take the Premier League by storm in their first season back, it will be interesting to find out whether he regrets snubbing one of Europe’s fastest-rising clubs.