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African Players: Potential Transfers before Midnight on Transfer Deadline Day

With the January transfer window approaching its deadline, there are several African players who could be on the move, potentially offering them the opportunity to reinvigorate their careers. One of the most high-profile African players in the mix is Franco-Cameroonian wonderkid Hugo Ekitike, who has garnered interest from clubs like Eintracht Frankfurt, VfL Wolfsburg, and possibly Manchester United. Ekitike has struggled to find playing time at PSG, and a loan move could provide him with an opportunity to get back on the field.

Algerian international Saïd Benrahma might be on his way to Olympique Lyonnais on a loan-with-obligation-to-buy arrangement, after struggling to find consistency in the Premier League with West Ham United. There is also talk of Ivorian wideman Maxwel Cornet potentially making a move to Crystal Palace. Meanwhile, West Ham United is eyeing FC Nordsjaelland’s Ibrahim Osman to add a threat from the wide areas, although negotiations with the Danish club have hit an impasse.

The transfer rumors are not limited to Premier League clubs, as Bournemouth’s Dominic Solanke has attracted interest from Tottenham, West Ham, and Newcastle, following a successful season in the Championship. Despite the speculation, Bournemouth manager Andoni Iraola has dismissed the rumors and asserted that Solanke is staying put.

Additionally, Senegal’s Pape Gueye is facing an uncertain future at Marseille, with the club actively looking to offload him, as the defensive midfielder has refused a contract extension.

Another player that might be on the move is Chelsea’s Trevor Chalobah, who has been linked with clubs in Italy, as his playing time at Chelsea has been limited due to injuries and increased competition in the squad. The potential moves of these African players could provide a fresh start and an opportunity to rediscover their form at new clubs.
Ed Dove, a writer and scout with a deep and enduring passion for African sport, politics, and literature, has observed a slow January transfer window for African football players, with clubs largely choosing not to pursue transfers. However, Thursday’s deadline day could see several African stars on the move, as some players are linked with a move while others are in need of a change of scene before the window ends.

For instance, Hugo Ekitike, a Franco-Cameroonian wonderkid, could be one of the high-profile movers on deadline day, with interest from several prominent admirers. Another player on the verge of a move is Saïd Benrahma, who seems primed to complete a loan move to Olympique Lyonnais on Thursday.

Similarly, Ivorian wideman Maxwel Cornet could be moving to Crystal Palace, and FC Nordsjaelland’s Ibrahim Osman has attracted the interest of West Ham United. Bournemouth’s Dominic Solanke has been the subject of much interest, while Pape Gueye of Senegal is linked with a move to the Premier League.

It remains to be seen whether these transfers will progress before the end of Thursday’s window, as clubs explore potential moves for players to solidify or improve their squads for the remainder of the season.

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