Galatasaray striker Mbaye Diagne has undergone a medical in Turkey ahead of completing a loan move to West Bromwich Albion.
That’s according to FotoMac, who, alongside several other Turkish outlets, provide information on the forward’s impending move to the Hawthorns today.
Reports in England yesterday claimed that the Baggies were closing in on a deal for Diagne, who has been linked throughout this transfer window.
It was reported that the striker would be joining on loan until the end of the season, although it remained unclear what the nature of the deal was.
The Turkish press offer that today, with Sabah, Takvim and FotoMac all providing their own information on the impending deal.
Sabah report that there are ‘positive negotiations’ between West Brom and Galatasaray over the striker, with him set to move on loan at some point.
They the deal is not quite as advanced as is being presented in England but things are looking encouraging, and the transfer ‘will become clear’ at some point over the weekend, although Galatasaray are planning to announce it after their clash with Gaziantep tomorrow.
Takvim back this up somewhat and say Galatasaray are renting Diagne to West Brom, who have agreed to pay an €800,000 loan fee to secure him until the end of the season.
The deal will not include a mandatory purchase option despite claims West Brom would sign him permanently if they avoid relegation. They also add that Diagne is expected to fly to England today for his medical.
FotoMac, citing DHA, back all of this up. They also say there will be a loan fee of €800,000, but state that it will be a purchase option that becomes active should the Baggies avoid the drop.
In terms of a medical, they say Diagne already passed one at Galatasaray’s ‘sponsor hospital’ this morning, and when those relevant procedures are finished, he will travel to England to finalise the move.
All in all it appears things are progressing rapidly and, barring any late hitches, Sam Allardyce is set to get the striker he’s been after all month at some point this weekend.