French midfielder in Irons link

idrissa gueye-lilleLille midfielder Idrisse Gueye is keen to move to the Premier League and previous interest from the Hammers may have encouraged his hopes of getting a deal at the Boleyn.

However, with the club manager-less at the moment, it remains to be seen whether a new boss will continue with former coach Sam Allardyce’s interest.

The Senegalese international helped take the Lille side to an eighth place finish last season during his 32 games for the French outfit, scoring four goals.

Southampton and Crystal Palace have all been tracking the bruising midfielder and value at £7 million although £5 million will probably be a more realistic sum.

The player said he would sit down with Lille and decide which club would be best for him but offers obviously need to be made first!

He told French publication La Voix du Nord: ” I have a contract with Lille until 2018.  Admittedly, there are contacts and there will be offers.

I will have to look at it all and decide what suits me best. “[I will] find the offer that will allow me to grow, to allow me to take new steps to be in line with my ambitions.

“But I feel good at Lille and if I was to stay here, it would not be the end of the world. Everyone knows that England has a league that attracts me, even if I am not closing the door on going to other leagues.”


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7 comments on “French midfielder in Irons link

  1. According to Wikipedia: 25 years old, 5′ 9″ Sengalese International who’s played 135 times for Lille.

    Young, athletic, a bit willowy in the Kouyate mould – what’s not to like!

  2. Apparently we’ve signed Mbodj as well, might as well call us Senegal ham from now on lol

  3. From the evidence so far the Senegalese are great players but the club will have to think ahead to Jan 2017 when the next Africa Cup of Nations takes place. We’d have no midfield and would have to pack the defence playing with a lone striker that we’d play long balls to just to give the defence a rest…..blimey I’m getting déjà vu lol

    • Yes quickdraw they are well worth the money but that African cup will be a problem, don’t panic though we’ve still got Kevin Noclue. Still think we should of got Song now I know I’m probably going to get stick for that comment but I don’t think his form was a personal problem more a reflection of the form around him, yes he gave balls away but apart from Noble he completed the most passes in the middle (awaits a wet pants back lash of stats) and it’s still added depth to the squad

      • Good point – that African Cup is a bloody nuisance we’ve been undone by that a few times!

  4. True enough Irons by Jan 17 KN will still be looking for goal 100 and as we’ve seen a truly genius manager will keep picking him until he scores it so no reason for that to change.
    As for Song I’ve got mixed feelings,when he was good he was great but when he wasn’t he was non existent. Was it because he was lazy or dispirited by poor tactics or inconsistent or thought he was too good to be bothered taking part in prehistoric football? The trouble is if it’s any of them he’s not the player for me,yes I want skill and style but I also want 100% commitment which I’m not so sure he gave.
    Anyway judging from what I’ve heard of Wetpants you’d be in the right to have opposite views lol

  5. Makes a change when we are chasing someone else’s target,but now we are interested the Spuds will ask about him,
    Another defensive midfielder,when are we going to start looking for a creative midfielder ?
    Let’s worry about the Africa Cup when we have a team,Poyet plays in that role as well and he is not African and we have Noble,

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