The 27-year-old Senegal international signs a 4 and a half year deal that will cost Stoke around 15 million pounds
Stoke City have completed the signing of central midfielder Badou Ndiaye from Turkish outfit Galatasaray Istanbul. The 27-year-old Senegal international signs a 4 and a half year deal that will cost Stoke around 15 million pounds. Ndiaye is at home in a box to box midfield role but can also fill in the playmaker role. Born in Dakar, Senegal, the 5ft 10in midfielder started his career with the Diambars Academy in his native country and after a number of eye-catching performances secured a loan move overseas in 2012.
Scandinavia was his destination, Bodo, Norway to be more precise, as he linked up with two-time Norwegian Cup winners FK Bodo/Glimt in the country’s second division. After netting three times in 33 outings his impressive displays earned Ndiaye a permanent contract in 2013 and what followed was a two-year spell consisting of 73 appearances and 25 goals. His influence on the side helped them to the Norwegian first division in 2013 and that success gave the midfielder a greater platform to showcase his talents, something which wasn’t lost on a number of clubs.
It was Turkish outfit Osmanlispor who ultimately decided to swoop for the Senegalese international’s services for a reported six figure sum in 2015. Ndiaye was to take to another top-flight league like a duck to water with a string of impressive performances leading to 18 goals in 75 appearances, including 14 in the Europa League. Two years was all he would spend at the Osmanli Stadium however as Turkish giants Galatasaray made their move last summer for a report fee of 7.5 million euros. One goal in 17 outings has since followed before Ndiaye decided to make the move to the Potteries for an undisclosed eight figure sum on the final day of the 2018 winter transfer window.
Ndiaye said: “I am very happy to join Stoke City, a very big club in England - it is a proud moment for me. There have been many talks this month but I wanted to join Stoke City, so to be here now is very exciting for me and I am looking forward to helping the team move forward. I knew many good things about the Club, I spoke to friends who play in the Premier League and I also spoke to Mame Diouf, who is a very good friend of mine. They were all very positive and made me very excited to make this move, so as I have said before I am just very happy to be here now.”
Chief Executive Tony Scholes said: “Badou was a player in great demand but from talking to him it’s clear he always wanted to play in the Premier League and we are delighted he has chosen to fulfil that ambition with Stoke City. We are delighted with the business we have done over the course of this transfer window. All three players we have signed have real pedigree, have played senior international football and will really enhance the options Paul Lambert has within his squad.”