Paul Lambert is closing in on his second signing as Stoke City boss after reportedly agreeing a £15 million fee with Galatasaray for Badou Ndiaye.

Sky Sports have reported that discussions are ongoing between the two teams with Lambert keen to add the midfielder to his Potters ranks before the Wednesday evening’s 11pm transfer deadline.

However, in reality, the 11pm deadline is likely to be tricky for Stoke due to their Wednesday evening game with Watford at the bet365 Stadium, which is set for an 8pm kick-off.

The Potters are reportedly hopeful of concluding a deal before the game kicks off however, with talks ongoing between the clubs over how the £15m deal will be structured.

It is claimed arrangements are now being made to fly the 27-year-old in to talk personal terms and complete a Stoke medical.

However Ndiaye’s move is complicated by the fact that the Senegal international needs a visa before he can enter the UK.

Stoke are unwilling to sanction a deal before they get assurances that Ndiaye will get international clearance to play a part in the remainder of the current Premier League campaign.

The star is likely to represent Senegal at this summer’s World Cup in Russia, but the midfielder only has eight caps for his country and has not played in at least 60 per cent of international games over the past two years – hence the hold up with the work permit.

The deal for Ndiaye will be the second most expensive in Stoke’s history following the £18.3m paid for Giannelli Imbula from Porto in February 2017.

The Potters signed Greek full-back Kostas Stafylidis earlier in the transfer window.


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