Ndiaye Checks In

Tony Scholes & Badou Ndiaye

STOKE CITY have completed the signing of Badou Ndiaye from Galatasary for €16million on a four-and-a-half year deal.

The Senegal international becomes the third player to join the Potters’ first team squad during this transfer window, following the £5.5million arrival of Moritz Bauer from Rubin Kazan and the loan acquisition of Kostas Stafylidis from FC Augsburg

City held off strong competition from rival clubs across Europe to secure the services of 27-year-old Ndiaye, an athletic midfielder with a keen eye for goal.

Chief Executive Tony Scholes said: “Badou was a player in great demand but from talking to him it’s clear he always wanted to play in the Premier League and we are delighted he has chosen to fulfil that ambition with Stoke City.

“We are delighted with the business we have done over the course of this transfer window. All three players we have signed have real pedigree, have played senior international football and will really enhance the options Paul Lambert has within his squad.”

Born in Dakar, Ndiaye got his first taste of first-team football in Norway while on loan with Bodø/Glimt from Diambars FC, a football academy in Senegal. He was named the best player in the Norwegian First Division as Bodø/Glimt secured promotion. 

He moved to Turkey in 2015, joining Osmanlispor, and in August of last year he signed for Galatasary in a reported €12million switch.

Ndiaye has scored 50 goals in 205 club appearances and has been capped eight times by Senegal, where he’s a teammate of Mame Diouf.