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Koné Close To Marseille Switch

Friday 20 June 2008 by Sagesse

Nice forward Bakary Koné is extremely close to completing a move to Olympique Marseille if reports from France Football are to be believed. A deal with the player has been made but the two clubs must agree a fee…

Marseille continue to make good progress in the transfer market this summer as they close in on the signing Ivorian attacker Baki Koné from Nice. Identified as a prime target for l’OM even before the transfer window opened the 14 goal striker has agreed a 4 year contract that will see him move the short distance along the Mediterranean coast of France.

Complications could well arise in the two clubs agreeing a transfer fee. Nice are looking for €12 million for their star man while Marseille are unlikely to be willing to spend such quantities of money on a player as yet untested at the very highest level.

Marseille President Papa Diouf will has already displayed his refusal to be handcuffed by clubs with excessive demands. Diouf negotiated hard with Lens to agree a deal for defender Vitorino Hilton and has not yet bowed to the demands of Nancy for winger Kim.

Koné could become an important part of Marseille’s side next season due to the imminent departure of Samir Nasri. The Ivorian could fill the vacuum in the central attacking-midfield role nicely, providing less guile but more goals than Nasri, or could play alongside a striker in a 4-4-2 system.

Discussions remain on going between the two parties but it may be some days before a conclusion to the negotiations is reached.

Robin Bairner


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