West Bromwich Albion could miss out on the signing of Angers’ goal-scoring midfielder Cheikh N’Doye, L’Equipe reports, although the Senegalese international would have been the perfect addition to Tony Pulis’s side.
The 30-year-old is something of a late bloomer, having only made his mark on the French top flight last season with an impressive tally of nine goals and four assists for newly promoted Angers.
And although his goals tally has dropped to just two in a comparatively difficult second term, N’Doye remains the Ligue 1 minnows' best chance of securing survival again this season, hence why they have attached such a large price tag to a midfielder on the wrong side of 30.
The Sun reported that West Brom had an offer of £10 million rejected earlier in the transfer window and now L’Equipe add that Greek side PAOK have offered the midfielder a hefty pay rise to convince him to turn his back on Premier League interest.
This is a rather substantial blow to the Baggies, with N’Doye appearing an ideal fit for Pulis’s system.
At 6ft 3ins, he offers a considerable aerial threat and, according to WhoScored, wins an extraordinary 7.4 aerial duels per game while six of his 11 Ligue 1 goals have come via his formidable heading ability.
Needless to say, N’Doye would surely have thrived in a West Brom side who pride themselves on excellent deliveries from wide areas, as Salomon Rondon’s hat-trick of headers against Swansea City earlier in the season proved.