Badou Ndiaye's agent, William D’Avila has admitted that his client is close to leaving Stoke City, while re-joining former club Galatasaray appears the most likely option.
The Senegal international has been linked with a return to the Turkish champions just months after signing for Stoke City for £14m in January.
With reports in the Turkish media claiming Galatasaray are very close to agreeing a deal with both Stoke City and the player, D’Avila has revealed his client wanted to remain in England to play in the Premier League but has been unable to agree a deal with suitors thus far.
D’Avila said in an interview with Ajansspor: “To be fair, Badou wanted to stay in England but we were unable to agree with a team. Galatasaray are certainly an option at the moment. I think the Galatasaray fans are likely to get a very happy ending.”
Badou played 13 times for Stoke in their 2017/18 campaign as they were relegated to the EFL Championship.
According to Milliyet, Galatasaray have convinced Ndiaye he’ll have to earn less if he returns to Istanbul by offering €2.75m a season.
This would be €750K less than he currently earns at Stoke City, but the player is willing to make sacrifices to get a move back to Turkey.
Reports suggest that talks are ongoing and the loan fee now needs to be agreed. It’s reported there’s a difference of €1m between the two clubs. However, latest rumours suggest that Newcastle United and West Ham United have shown interest in the player, who made two appearances at the World Cup.