Turkish Super Lig side, Gaziantep FC have announced that initial transfer negotiations that would see Olanrewaju Kayode extend his deal at the club have hit the rock.
Fanatik reported that transfer negotiations with red and black side went up in flames after the Nigerian demanded a higher fee.
Gaziantep have been stepping up their efforts in the transfer market and are bent on beefing up the squad ahead of next season. Although, Kayode is top on the pecking order of strikers sought-after by the club, the Super Lig side are not willing to part with what the striker is asking for as salary.
“Gaziantep has always maintained its sensitivity and made its payments to our players as promised. In line with these developments, our offer to Kayode and his club continued in the past weeks, but the transfer negotiations were suspended due to the high salary demand from Kayode . The public will be informed about the developments,” the club’s said in a statement on Monday.
Kayode featured for Gaziantep on loan last season and completed the season with 10 goals and 6 assists.
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GAZIANTEP, TURKEY – DECEMBER 29: Kayode (10) of Gaziantep FK celebrates after scoring a goal during the Turkish Super Lig soccer match between Gaziantep FK and BtcTurk Yeni Malatyaspor in Gaziantep, Turkey on December 29, 2019. (Photo by Kerem Kocalar/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
Kayode had his Super Eagles debut under coach Gernot Rohr in an international friendly against Teranga Lions of Senegal on 23 March, but all effort to stage a comeback to the national team failed to yield any positive fruits.
It remains to be seen if Gaziantep will reopen talks with the paperweight striker whose penchant for goalscoring made him a household name in Austria league.
Manchester City signed the Nigeria international from Austria Vienna on a four-year deal in 2017 and sent him on a season-long loan to Spanish side Girona. The 24-year-old striker finished as the top scorer in Austria’s top flight last season with 17 goals in 33 games.
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