Monday brought claims that Newcastle United were in ‘advanced talks’ to sign Vincent Aboubakar.
The 25 year old striker is currently with Porto but spent last season on loan with Besiktas, helping them to win the Turkish league title.
The Turkish club wanted to keep the forward on either a loan or permanent deal after he scored 19 goals in only 27 starts (plus 11 off bench) but Futbol Arena reported that Newcastle had muscled in, with Besiktas allegedly not able to compete with the finances Newcastle can offer in terms of transfer fee and wages.
However, Besiktas club official Metin Albayrak has now told Turkish-Football that his club are now back in negotiating to sign the player ahead of Newcastle:
“We want Aboubakar and have entered talks, there are lots of rumours but our negotiations are continuing.”
Vincent Aboubakar scored the winner for Cameroon in the 88th minute in the final of the African Cup of Nations earlier this season and has now scored 17 international goals in 35 starts (and three off the bench).
Qualifying for the Confederations Cup, the striker is currently in Russia with his national team, playing the whole 90 minutes on Sunday night as Cameroon lost 2-0 to Chile (Cameroon play Australia on Thursday and then Germany on Sunday in their final group match)..
As always, like all transfer stories we believe them once they are completed but the Porto forward is showing upward progression in his career and scoring a decent amount of goals.
After scoring 17 goals for Ligue 1 side Lorient in 35 starts and three sub appearances, he was transferred to Porto for £2m as a 22 year old in summer 2014.
Scoring another 26 goals in 44 starts (18 off bench) in his first two seasons in Portugal, Vincent Aboubakar still struggled to hold down a regular first team spot and so went on loan to Besiktas last season, where he was an unqualified success with those 19 goals in only 27 starts (plus 11 off the bench).
Wherever he ends up, the striker will surely be looking for somewhere he will get regular football and/or playing at a higher level, such as the Premier League.
Wednesday morning has also brought news that Tammy Abraham has agreed to join Swansea on loan, rather than Newcastle.