In a replay of the Gabriel Obertan transfer, Manchester United have continued to spend their earnings from the departed Cristiano Ronaldo on a young unknown foreigner. Like the negotiations with Bordeaux, it is also Mame Biram Diouf’s club, Molde FK, who have announced the news:
“Manchester United and Molde F.K are pleased to announce that they have agreed terms for the transfer of Mame Biram Diouf. Diouf is to attend a medical in Manchester next week with a view to joining the club in January. Until that time he will remain with Molde F.K. on loan.”
The 21-year-old from Senegal has a good goal scoring record in Norway, scoring nine goals in 21 games in 2007, seven in 23 in 2008 and so far in 2009 he has nine in 16 appearances including two in his most recent matches. The quick striker also scored six goals in six successive games at the start of his season.
There is a general trend of buying players developing at Old Trafford since the purchases of Zoren Tosic and Adem Ljajic. Like Obertan, Diouf speaks English and is hugely versatile, similar to Ljajic, he is being loaned back to his club. Diouf joins Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in joining United from Molde and he adds to the group forming for front-line slots at Old Trafford in the coming years, including Danny Welbeck and Federico Macheda.
Much continues to be made about the different transfer policies adopted on both sides of Manchester, would it be that much of a surprise if Sir Alex Ferguson gets it right again?
Video evidence of Mame Biram Diouf can be seen here.