Sam Allardyce is reportedÂ ready to bid Â£3M for Fulham’s 6’4â€ midfielder Papa Bouba Diop.Â ThisÂ bid may haveÂ already been submitted since Sam this morning said the club had submitted many bids.
Maybe this is the player to replace Kieron Dyer rather than Alan Smith – although Sam has already stated his interest in Smith.
Fulham boss Lawrie Sanchez would like to keep the Senegalese 6’4â€ midfielderÂ at Fulham but the player himself would like to move on.
Bouba Diop, who is 29 years old, wantsÂ a new challenge and Sam’s persuasive powersÂ plus Newcastle’s rebuilding program under a new manager, chairman and Billionaire owner may be able to clinch the deal for Newcastle.
Papa Bouba Diop
The Senegal midfielder appeared to be leaving FulhamÂ in January when he was givenÂ the opportunityÂ to join Wigan Athletic in a Â£5M deal. The bid was accepted by Fulham but Diop decided against the move and remained at Fulham.
He began his career playing for a couple ofÂ Dakar clubs, but then moved to Switzerland in 2000, where he played for the famous Grasshoppers Zurich 29 times and scoredÂ 5 goals.Â Â In 2002 he moved to Lens and stayed there for two years playing 47 timesÂ and scoring 6 goals. In 2004 DiopÂ finally moved to the Premiership with FulhamÂ for a fee believed to be around Â£2M. He has played 74 times for the London club scoring 8 goals.
Diop’s claim to fame was when he scored aÂ goal in the 2002 FIFA World Cup game between then World Champions France and Senegal which Senegal won 1-0.
In the past Diop hasÂ been linked with lucrative moves to Manchester United and Arsenal but has sufferedÂ from injuries which have limited hisÂ first-team appearances.Â Â Sam Allardyce will probably want to ensure Diop’sÂ fitness is 100% before taking any action. Knowing Sam’s thoroughness that would certainly happen before any deal is made with Fulham.
Diop is the typical Allardyce prototype player being 6’4â€ and having a powerful build and physique. Certainly it would be difficult to knock this man off the ball. Diop has an excellent work rate, goodÂ skills and a commitment which will make an attractive proposition for Sam. We’re sure Sam has already checked out all his stats and they must be good plus Â£3M seems a reasonable price for the Senegalese International.