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Kouyate Transfer Move Now Postponed To Summer

8 years ago

The ongoing Cheikhou Kouyate transfer link to Newcastle has taken another twist.

The Senegal centre-back, who also has a Belgian passport now allowing access to all European leagues, has now said he will wait until the summer before moving clubs.

Back in July (see below) we brought you news of reports in Belgium that Newcastle had made an offer for the Anderlecht defender but that the player felt his club were asking too much for him.

Then only last month (again see below) the Belgian club’s Managing Director said they would only sell Kouyate if a ‘Spectacular offer’ was made in January, but would allow/help the player make a move next summer.

Now Kouyate himself has said he intends to stay until the end of the season before leaving, with the aim of winning the league title first – Anderlecht currently lie third, only four points behind leaders Standard Liege.

“I want to finish the season here  and win the title with Anderlecht.

“I still want to go but I don’t want to leave this team now – I’ll arrange a transfer at the end of the season.”


Back in July we brought you news from Belgium where it was claimed that Newcastle had made an offer for central defender Cheikhou Kouyate, the 23 year old is a Senegal teammate of Papiss Cisse’s but has also now got a Belgian passport making it straightforward now to move to the Premier League.

Now Anderlecht’s managing director has stated that Kouyate will be allowed to leave at the end of the season and only a ‘spectacular offer’ will allow him to leave in the January transfer window.

Anderlecht Defender, Cheikhou Kouyaté, now holds a Belgian passport, which gives him the status of an EU player, which he hopes will enable him to join the Premier League more easily, where two clubs are interested in him.

According to the Belgian daily, La Dernière Heure;

‘Cheikhou Kouyaté is bound for England. The player has received two offers, from Southampton, but especially Newcastle. Anderlecht , the club for which he plays, are asking seven million euros to let their player go.

A significant amount thinks Kouyaté:

“Yes, I think of a transfer, I’d be lying if I said the opposite. But my agents are dealing with it, and when they tell me a club that I would like shows interest, we think about it seriously. Until then, I remain focused on my job.

Seven million requested by Anderlecht, I think it’s a lot. I do not think a Premier League club would pay this amount for me. I believe that Anderlecht should lower my selling price.”


This is what Anderlecht’s managing director Herman van Holsbeeck has had to say this week;

“The chances that he (Kouyate) stays at Anderlecht during the winter transfer window are 75%, we’ve promised him a transfer at the end of the season, just as we did with Dieumerci Mbokani (now Dynamo Kiev) and Lucas Biglia (now Lazio).

“I am reading everywhere that he will be leaving this January but I’m not sure, finding a suitable replacement during the season is difficult.

“Only if a spectacular offer comes in would we allow him to leave.”


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