Reports: City interested in Angers midfielder Cheikh N’Doye

Reports: City interested in Angers midfielder Cheikh N'Doye

According to recent reports, the Citizens are ready to pounce on the 29-year-old’s current situation at Angers – his contract expires in 2017.

With the January transfer window just weeks away from opening, Manchester City are heavily linked with a possible move for Angers midfielder Cheikh N’Doye.

The 29-year-old, who has scored five goals and created an assist in 14 Ligue 1 appearances this term, was born in Senegal and has featured on six occasions for his international side.

Who is he?

N’Doye is a powerful, versatile midfielder – who made the switch to Angers this past summer.

Having spent three seasons at US Créteil in Ligue 2, he made the step up to France’s elite division, and has been an integral part in Angers’ campaign thus far this term. Signed for £700,000, the newly-promoted side have certainly reaped the rewards of his services recently.

Sitting comfortably in the top four, Angers, who play Bordeaux later this evening, will have plenty of scouts watching in the stands – as City are not the only club reportedly vying for his signature.

José Mourinho‘s Chelsea side – as well as other Premier League clubs are also monitoring his situation, and it’ll be intriguing to see how this story develops.

So, is he any good?

His preferred position is in a holding midfield role, either defensively (CDM) or further upfield (as a CM). He can also play as a centre-back if required, and at 29, he is reaching his peak years in terms of performance.

Although he is not world-renowned for his quality, he could possibly be a useful utility player for the sky Blues, especially considering they could snatch him for a few million pounds before his current contract expires in the summer of 2017.

Fernandinho, Fernando and Fabian Delph are the club’s three favoured holding midfielders – and have proven their effectiveness in a 4231 formation on a number of different occasions. With fixtures coming thick and fast in all competitions, N’Doye, if he were to join, would help provide stiff competition for the midfield trio – and add depth in quality, which is never a bad thing.