Filed: Saturday, 30th June 2012
By: Staff Writer
Senegalese central defender Kader Mangane is set to undergo a medical with West Ham this weekend ahead of a permanent transfer, according to reports emanating from France.
We told you yesterday how respected French media outlet L'Equipe has reported West Ham were holding talks with the Rennes captain.
And fresh reports form across the Channel this morning say that an agreement has been reached between the two parties and that the 29-year-old will undergo tests ahead of a cut-price deal.
Mangane, 29, is said to have stated a desire to play in England and is entering the final year of his current contract with the Ligue 1 outfit, for whom he made just 19 apperances last season due to a persistent ankle problem.
However having undertaken an operation to resolve the issue, he is expected to be able to return to full training next month.
Born in Dakar, Mangane began his career in 2000 with local club US Rail who partake in the Senegalese National League. However just a year later he joined Swiss side Neuchatel Xamax, with whom he remained until 2007 when he was picked up by French club Lens.
After Les Sang et Or were relegated from Ligue 1 following his first season at the club, Mangane remained in France when Rennes signed him a year later for an undisclosed fee.
Since moving to Les Rouges et Noirs, Mangane has been linked with clubs such as Arsenal and Sunderland although if reports are correct, now looks like becoming Sam Allardyce's latest capture as he attempts to remould his squad ahead of the beginning of the 2012/13 Premier League campaign.
Kader Managane at Rennes
2008/09: Pld 35 (2), Bkd 8, SO 1.
2009/10: Pld 39, Gls 5, Bkd 3.
2010/11: Pld 32, Gls 3, Bkd 3, SO 1.
2011/12: Pld 13 (6), Gls 3, Bkd 3.
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by Dave grant
07:42AM 1st Jul 2012
''Any chance we can look at some English players? Am fed up with all the foreigners in our game, it is after all the English Premier League. What hope is there for the young lads in the Academies?''
12:44PM 30th Jun 2012
''He's nearly thirty, persistently injured and with a reputation for kicking anything that moves. A classic Sam signing.''
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