11 August 2017

Want-away Celtic, West Ham target Majeed Waris finally returns to Lorient training

Ghana’s Majeed Waris

Celtic and West Ham target Abdul-Majeed Waris has finally turned up for training at relegated French side Lorient after a one-month absence, GHANAsoccernet.com can reveal.

The Ligue 2 side were given the surprise as the star forward showed up for training this week with a smile on his face after fears he was forcing a move away from the relegated club.

The Ghanaian has been a subject of massive transfer rumours with the English sides Fulham, West Ham and Brighton as well as the Scottish club said to be interested in the talented attacker.

Turkish club Bursaspor have consistently been linked with the player but with a long term contract with Lorient the Ghanaian showed up for training on Wednesday.

With Lorient relegated, staying in Ligue 2 will lead to the lowering of his valuation which will put him down the pecking order in the hugely competitive Black Stars attacking field

Waris, 25, once had trials with Manchester City during his time at Hartpury College, but he failed to gain a work permit and instead headed to Sweden, where he smashed 30 goals in 63 games before a torrid spell in Russia with Spartak Moscow.

The Ghanaian’s up and down career saw him thrive on loan with Valenciennes in 2014, scoring nine goals in 16 games, but then struggled in Turkey having joined Trabzonspor after the World Cup in Brazil.

A 2015 move back to France with Lorient has brought the best out of Waris once again, hitting 21 goals in 58 games for the Ligue 1 side – and his exploits appear to have triggered interest, after his nine-goal campaign last season.

The Daily Mail claim that Brighton, Celtic, Fulham and West Ham are all pursuing Waris’ signature before this month’s transfer deadline, believing that he is available for a fee of just £9million.

Waris possesses blistering pace as well as versatility to play either up front or out wide, and that could fit in perfectly with what Celtic are looking for, after manager Brendan Rodgers told The Scottish Herald that he’s looking for a versatile forward who can fill both roles.

However, the £9million fee may be a little beyond Celtic right now, and that could allow Premier League sides Brighton and West Ham to scrap for his signature.

Brighton are in the market for a pacey attacker having failed with a move for Gent’s Moses Simon, whilst West Ham may also appreciate the versatility of Waris, especially given question marks over Diafra Sakho’s future.


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