Written By Uche Dozie
Cameroonian Karl Toko-Ekambi have moved to Rennes following the completion of the deali from Lyon on loan until the end of the season.
The transfer of the 30-year-old has a five months maturity date without an option to buy according to a statement by Rennes.
GFN reports that Rennes will pay a loan fee of €1.5m, with potential bonuses adding €1m to that figure, and will take on the entirety of his wages during that time.
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Toko who fell behind the pecking order with Lyon this season scored 4 goals and assisted 2 in 19 Ligue 1 appearances. He has recorded 32 goals and 15 assists across 92 Ligue 1 games since joining Lyon in 2020.
Maurice, the Technical Director of Stade Rennais FC states the need for Ekambi who comes in as a result of injury of Martins.
“We were looking for an additional striker following Martin’s injury in particular, but it’s also an opportunity to densify our line of attack given the upcoming deadlines. He was my first choice because he is a boy I know very well, with the qualities we were looking for. I am convinced that he will adapt very quickly, he knows several players from the locker room, I thank Hamari and the others for having worked for the club.
In addition, he now has some experience at the top level. He is versatile, he can move to different positions in the attack: the axis, alone, in pairs, or on one side. He is above all a player who, per season, scores between ten and fifteen goals and that is also what we were looking for. His maturity is also an added value, in the game but also in the locker room. It is very important for our young people. He has an exemplary state of mind that matches our group and that’s something I care about a lot.”
Ekambi thanks Rennes for trusting him and looks forward to a fruit time at the club.
“Thank you to Stade Rennais FC for trusting me. I made this choice because I know the club, in particular thanks to Florian Maurice with whom I had the chance to work at Olympique Lyonnais. I also know a lot of players. Hamari Troaré is like my brother, we met at Paris FC, Martin Terrier, I played with him at OL, Baptiste Santamaria and Flavien Tait at SCO d’Angers and Christopher Wooh in selection. We feel a lot of complicity between the Rennes players on the pitch. Everyone plays for each other and I’m very proud to be part of this project.
I am attracted by the goal but above all by the collective and that is the strength of Stade Rennais FC I liked the coach’s speech. I do not know him personally but the quality of his work is recognized. Everything was in place to come to Stade Rennais FC, I am very happy to join his team. »
The Cameroonian whose contract with Lyon end in June 2023 had this first training session today beside another Cameroonian International, Christopher Wooh.
PSV are said to have made new contact to Rennes for the transfer of Ghanaian winger, Kamaldeen Sulemana who has been a subject of two offers with Southampton also in the mix to sign the player.
The Eredivise side are searching for a winger after Madueke move to Chelsea and Sulemana is top on the list to replace their former winger.
On Thursday, report from L’Equipe show that Rennes turned down bids from PSV and Southampton for Sulemana as the club wish to keep the winger for the rest of the season.
The Ligue 1 club rejected a €15M + €2M in add – ons bid from the two clubs for the Player who wants to leave the club after seeing his play time reduced.
However, it has stopped the pursuit for the player as an report that PSV are looking to seize the opportunity on deadline day to get their target.
Everton are also waiting to snap the 20-year-old to boost their squad as they try to find their out of the relegation waters.
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