According to reports in The Mirror, Crystal Palace, West Bromwich Albion and Sunderland are keeping tabs on 24-year-old Senegalese midfielder Stephane Badje ahead of the January transfer window.
Although the midfielder is currently under contract with Norwegian side Brann, the three clubs are believed to have been alerted to the fact that he has a £750,000 release clause in his contract, making a move for him in the New Year easily achievable for all of the interested parties.
At home in the centre of midfield, Badje can also play on the right-hand side, whilst standing at an imposing 6″3, he would offer any new employers a real presence in the middle of the pitch.
Having been picked twice for his country already, there is a chance that he could also be selected for next year’s African Cup Of Nations, which would obviously have an impact on when he would be able to make his debut for a new club; not that it should matter too much if a club’s are genuinely impressed with him prior to the opening of the transfer window.
We’re now just 31 days away from the relative madness that January brings. God knows who we’ll be linked with over the next eight weeks…