The man in question is Mohamed Bangura, from Sierra Leone, and chances are you will have absolutely no idea who that is, well let me fill you in. Our friends at Tuttomercatoweb are today bringing us reports of a potential swoop for the striker this Summer.
The clubs in question both need forwards for different reasons, Tottenham have really struggled this season for goals, with a combination of Defoe, Crouch and Pavlyuchenko looking fairly lacklustre in front of goal. Chelsea meanwhile have had no problems scoring goals, well aside from a certain Spanish forward, but their other options Anelka and Drogba are now looking a bit long in the tooth and so they too could do with some young blood injected into their forward line.
The striker, who began his career in his native country, moved to the Swedish Allsvenskan side AIK last Summer, and has looked in good form ever since, this has meant he has attracted plaudits from across Europe. There is now talk of a move this Summer, and our Italian friends say that both Spurs and Chelsea are ready to do battle for his signature.
In an extension to this story Sky Sports have some quotes from Swedish source Fotbollskanalen.se, to whom his agent, Patrick Mork, has recently confirmed interest in the young starlet:
“It is pretty obvious that clubs are looking at him….That’s what they do now, the clubs. They go around and look at players. But it’s far from a deal….
There are clubs from all the major leagues in Europe….He is absolutely ready. The next question is of course what step to take. It is really uncommon to go directly from Allsvenskan to one of the biggest leagues. Even Zlatan (Ibrahimovic) went via Holland.”.
Mork clearly confirms that the player could move this Summer, and confirms interest from other clubs around the continent. The striker has clearly learnt his trade and improved greatly through his time in Sweden, and for that he should be thankful. He has hit 7 goals in 18 games this season, which may not sound too great, but for a youngster it is not a bad return.
Clearly he still has a lot to learn and under the right tutelage I am sure he could develop into a top striker. I would have thought the player would get more game time at Tottenham as opposed to Chelsea and that may be a better level for the player.
There is no indication of fee, more of a confirmation of interest from certain teams. Whilst his agent doesn’t name the sides who are keeping tabs on him when the 2 stories are put together it would seem highly likely that it is Harry Redknapp and Carlo Ancelotti that could be tracking the forward.
This is one of those transfers that may not happen for another 12 months, but it is always interesting to hear of teams keeping track of these young stars.
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