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Numerous Premier League clubs are reported to be preparing bids for the 2nd top scorer in the Ukrainian top division Ismael Bangoura. The Guinea international has been in excellent goal scoring form since joining Dynamo Kiev in the summer of 2007 with a record of 28 goals in just 46 league appearances (36 starts).


The powerful African star can play as an out and out forward but can also operate on either wing or in his favoured role as 2nd striker. At 5 ft 8 he is not the biggest but is renowned for his blistering pace and obvious eye for a goal. His performances in the Ukraine and in Europe have brought him to the attention of a number of Premier League clubs with Sunderland boss Steve Bruce thought to be preparing a £7m deal. Bruce was prepared to sign Bangoura as a replacement for Antonio Valencia for Wigan prior to moving to the Stadium of Light.


The player himself confirmed Wigan’s previous interest to skysports.com when he said, “Wigan Athletic are a good team, they are doing well in the league - however there also other teams looking at me in the Premier League, according to my agent”. The ‘other teams’ interested in the Guinea international are thought to be Tottenham, Everton and Fulham plus now Sunderland.


Bangoura began his career in his homeland before joining French club Ajaccio where he scored 15 goals in 44 league appearances prior to a move to Le Mans. In two seasons with the club he scored 18 goals in 56 league appearances finishing joint 3rd top scorer in the French top division in 2006/07 prompting a move to Dynamo Kiev for €5m.



Since moving to the Ukraine, the 24-year-old has proved himself extremely popular with the fans with his trademark African dance performed after scoring alongside team-mate and Senegalese international defender Pape Diakhate. The move also enabled the Guinea star to play at the highest level of European club football having played in the Champions League where he has scored against Roma, Manchester United and Arsenal.


Dynamo reached the semi-finals of the Uefa Cup last season following a 3-0 2nd leg win over PSG in mid-April with Bangoura scoring. The striker also picked up the Ukrainian league title with Dynamo finishing 15 points clear of main rivals Shakhtar Donetsk in the table.


The young striker also has an excellent record at international level of 19 goals in 38 appearances which illustrates why he is attracting so much attention. Bangoura is expected to depart the Ukrainian club this summer alongside team-mate Pape Diakhate who was also being watched particularly by Wigan.


Everton are looking to build on their great season with some added firepower and the strong work ethic and versatility of Bangoura will surely suit David Moyes. Harry Redknapp has signed numerous African stars in the past and the pace of the striker and the ability to play on either flank will suit his ambitious rebuilding plans. Roy Hodgson and Steve Bruce have both shown a key eye for a bargain, so don’t be surprised if they win the battle with first team football guarantees more likely.

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