News in Portugal today, that Sporting Lisbon have agreed to sell their striker – Yannick Djalo – if they receive offers of £3.5M for him.
Yannick Djalo – available for around £3.5M
Newcastle were said to be interested in the striker in August, but now with a new manager at Newcastle, we have no idea if Alan Pardew will be interested in this player, or even if Djalo was an initial target of Newcastle United in the summer.
The fee has been agreed after Djalo met with the the club President, Jose Eduardo Bettencourt, and it looks like Yannick is very keen to leave Portugal for pastures anew.
As we said before, there was a lot of news circulating of Newcastle’s interest in August, and that the Tyneside club even had a bid rejected last summer, and we had around four articles on the forward, who can also play on either wing..
Djalo has been at Sporting Lisbon since 1997, when he was 11, and has appeared 82 times with 18 goals for the Spanish club.
He has played for all the Portugal youth sides through Portugal U21 and Portugal B sides, and was also on loan to Casa Pia from 2005-2006, and appeared there 26 times with 16 goals for the Lisbon-based club.
Earlier this season he was called up to the full Portuguese National side for two UEFA Euro 2012 qualifiers, and in early September he played the last six minutes of the 4–4 home draw against Cyprus, replacing Hugo Almeida and gaining his first cap for his country.
The 24 year-old was born in Bissau, Guinea-Bissau, a former Portuguese colony in West Africa, that gained its independence in 1974, but the player has lived most of his life in Lisbon.
Djalo is under contract until 2013, and Everton manager David Moyes may be interested in signing the player, as he was also linked with the player in August, and of course Everton will be without Tim Cahill in January, as he is off playing in the Asia Cup.
If Djalo is still on Newcastle’s wanted list it wouldn’t be a huge surprise if Newcastle went after the player – since he seems to have what Alan Pardew seems to be after – speed and skill on the wing.
The news in August was that Spurs had bid £4M for the player, but nothing else was heard after that, but at that time, Djalo’s agent Lionel Silva admitted his client wanted to move to the Premier League.