Date: 16th August 2018 at 4:30pm
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We will receive a “significant” loan fee for Cheikh N’Doye from Angers according to the Birmingham Mail reporter Shane Ireland.

With the Senegalese international’s contract due to expire at the end of the season, it is effectively a permanent signing anyway.

N’Doye was signed on a free transfer from Angers last summer on a two-year deal so we are making a profit on the player returning to France.

However, it’s unlikely to loosen the restrictions placed on us by the EFL. The league have permitted us five loan/free signings before August 31st, and with Omar Bogle, Conor Mahoney, Gary Gardner and Lee Camp having already signed, it means Garry Monk can recruit just one more.

N’Doye’s departure will help us with FFP, and hopefully, it will allow us some flexibility in the January transfer window, but that’s for a future discussion. As it stands, we have lost an option in the first team squad, with Maikel Kieftenbeld and the Gardner brothers having to pick up the slack until David Davis returns from injury.

Do you think it was the right decision to loan out N’Doye? Let me know in the poll:

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3 Replies to “Birmingham Have Been Given ‘Significant’ Fee For 32-Year Old Midfielder”

  • Garry Monk has made the decision to let Ndoye go, so, we should respect that, he’s the manager, he’ll succeed or fail on what he decides is the right thing to do, under the circumstances.
    Obviously, he’s making decisions that are heavily influenced by the stringent measures put in p!ace by the EFL, and they are almost certainly COMPLETELY different to what he would’ve wanted to have done if he wasn’t being severely hampered.
    Garry WILL do as good a job as he can, under the circumstances, we WILL stay in the Championship, maybe not challenging for the playoffs, as I’m CERTAIN we would’ve done on an even playing field, but we’ll be ok.
    On a final note, Ndoyes departure should open the way for Charlie Lakin to have an extended opportunity in the starting eleven.

    K R O


  • All the mixed opinion regards Cheik Ndoye are really irrelevant. The guy returned from the World Cup and never stopped giving us his all. That 60 yard chase back against Norwich to halt an attack will live long in the memory. What is relevant is that he is a high earner that Blues cannot afford. He is however willing to move on in spite of a comfortable contract that he could sit on. He is also the only one of these guys who anyone is interested.
    The EFL are determined to turn us into a League II side. We have offloaded people to balance the books but we cannot sign replacements. We still have several players doing nothing for us but only room for one more at no more than £10,000 a week. ( There are players in the National League getting that). I suspect the majority of team at Reading were on well short of that figure. Sad to see Ndoye go if only because he tried to justify their salary. We have a couple of Goalkeepers sitting on their butts who should take note.

  • We were already short of numbers in midfield. Now we have half of Jedward for the next 3 games and Kieftenbeld. It makes no sense getting rid of someone when you cannot get a replacement in. Lakin will be a good player but expecting an 18 year old rookie to become the next Pirlo overnight is a bit much. Hopefully we can get a good loan in. It’s already looking like it’s gonna be a very difficult season.

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